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Daylight Saving Time

Summer Time ~ Spring Forward



On March 13, the U.S. will impose its Daylight Saving Time on millions of clocks, the earliest ever springtime adjustment.

Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time in most of the U.S. is the second Sunday in March  and runs until the first Sunday in November. Clocks and timepieces will revert from standard time to one hour earlier during those dates.

Remember, it's spring forward and fall back.

Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of daylight saving. Most equatorial and tropical countries do not observe Daylight Saving, since daylight hours are similar during every season and there is no advantage to moving clocks forward during the summer.


Summer Time

In the European Union, Summer Time begins and ends at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). It begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October. In the EU, all time zones change at the same moment.

For many Europeans, Summer Time marks the end of school, brings warmer temperatures and longer days, and fosters an atmosphere of relaxation.

Spring Forward

Now that we're on the verge of moving out of Standard Time -- or "God's time," as some would have it -- the fingers of blame for the senseless exercise called Daylight Saving will soon be wagging again. And, as they have done for more than a century, many of those digits will point "out there" toward the countryside and rural areas where the backward and ignorant farmers who came up with the idea reside.

This, of course, is contrary to what I know about Daylight Saving. All the farmers I've met or have heard from on the matter have been pretty much opposed to a scheme that pushes morning chores an hour deeper into darkness in order to afford bankers, doctors and Congressmen an extra hour of golf in the evening.


The Summer Time French Riviera
The Summer Time French Riviera



City folk, according to Michael Downing in his history of Daylight Saving Time titled Spring Forward, frequently blame farmers for wanting "more daylight for their chores." But when Daylight Saving was first proposed early in the 20th century farmers were the loudest voices against the idea.

"From the first, farmers opposed Daylight Saving, which was an urban idea of a good idea, hatched in London and cultivated in the cities of Europe and the northern United States," he explains. (Continued in Rural Delivery)


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