Weather Change…Time Change

Another record set today…85 was the high, that’s a new record for this date, the old record was 83.  That should do it for record highs, a front will move in tomorrow. Cooler air will arrive by Friday.

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Along with the front there will be some scattered showers and possibly an isolated thunderstorm or two.  This will not amount to much rain, perhaps a .10″.  That won’t help with the drought. Here’s a look at Futurecast…the rain is not very impressive in this model run.

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Cooler air moves in behind the front.  Highs will be in the 60s Friday with some lows in the 40s over the weekend.  It will be cold enough in some areas to see some frost develop.

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“Daylight Saving Time” ends this weekend, at 2am Sunday morning.  So, before you go to bed on Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour.  The easy way to remember it, is fall back and spring forward.

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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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In 1907, the idea was revived by an Englishman named William Willett in the pamphlet, “The Waste of Daylight”.

But the Germans were the first to officially use the idea to save fuel during World War One.  The British were next, and the United States followed. In 1918 Congress passed the “Standard Time Act”, which established the time zones.  The law was thrown out in 1920, when dairy farmers protested that cows don’t pay attention to clocks.  Good Point.

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During World War Two “Daylight Saving Time” was established again to save fuel.  And in 1966 the “Uniform Time Act” established some guidelines for time change. 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.

There are still a few states and US territories that do not observe the time change.

I’ll have an update on the timing of the rain tonight on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

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About Lisa Spencer

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