A Little Extra Sleep in the Forecast

It’s time to “fall back”. Ok, it’s not really a weather related subject, but it’s always the meteorologist that reminds you of the time change and it does have some impact on the weather. Plus it’s timely.
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Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this weekend, at 2am Sunday morning. So, before you go to bed on Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour. This brings you back to Standard Time (ST). The easy way to remember it is “fall back” and “spring forward”.
So who started this bi annual clock changing ritual? Credit belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who was also an early meteorologist among other things. He suggested it in 1784.

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The Germans were the first to officially use the idea to save fuel during World War One.

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In 1918 Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established the time zones. The law was thrown out in 1920, when a dairy farmer protested that cows don’t pay attention to clocks. Good Point.
During World War Two Daylight Saving Time was established again to save fuel.

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Over the years Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off with different start and end dates. Right now, it begins the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday of November.

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There are still a few states and US territories that do not observe the time change.
Oh and notice, it’s “saving” without the “s”. What do you think about daylight saving time?
Remember, no matter you think…you still need to turn your clocks back before going to bed Saturday night or you’ll be really early Sunday morning.

About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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