TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

March 10, 2014

It is time to ‘Spring Forward,’ folks


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff Writer

Unlike New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, it’s highly unlikely there will be any parties when Daylight Saving Time officially begins this Sunday at 2 a.m.

The vast majority of us will do what we usually do — set our clocks and watches up one hour before we go to bed this Saturday night.

Yep. We “Spring Forward” this weekend.

How did the phrase “Spring Forward” begin?

According to the website timeanddate.com, records have shown that the phrase “Spring Forward, Fall Back” has been used at least as far back as the early 20th century.

In fact, one paper in Heppner, Oregon printed a notice on Oct. 28, 1928, stating, “Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, October 31. Remember to set your clocks back one hour. ‘Spring Forward - Fall Back!’”

One question that continues to be asked is…”Is it ‘Daylight Saving Time’, or ‘Daylight Savings Time?’

Once again, timeanddate.com has the answer.

According to them, “Daylight Saving Time” is considered to be the correct term, because it refers to a time for saving daylight.

Then again, they say “Daylight Savings Time” is still commonly used, likely because the term is so often used in everyday language, like the term “savings account.”

Who wins? Sounds like a draw to me.

In some countries where English isn’t the main language, folks have a different way to remember the direction of Daylight Saving Time switches.

During the spring when the clock’s turned forward, they just simply place the garden furniture in front of their house.

During the fall when the clock’s turned backward, they just simply put the garden furniture back into their house.

Piece of cake.

There’s even a book all about the time switch. “Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time” by Dr. David Prerau was published in 2005.

One of the quotes from the book came from Winston Churchill, the British politician and Prime Minister of that nation during World War II.

“An extra yawn more morning in the springtime, and extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April, we pay it back with golden interest five months later,” said Churchill about the extra hour of daylight.

It could be said — to loosely use one of his famous wartime speeches — it was his “finest hour.”

At one time here in the United States, Daylight Saving Time started in April.

The first Sunday in April, to be exact.

For years, we’d get our hour back on the last Sunday in October.

That all changed in 2007.

Two years earlier, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in August of that year.

As a result of the new law, Daylight Saving Time begins three weeks earlier than its old start in April. The end of DST was extended one week into November.

All this went into effect in March 2007, and this is what America uses today.

There are exceptions to the rule.

The states of Hawaii and Arizona (but not the Navajo Nation, a Native American territory in Arizona) do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Neither do the U. S. territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.

All of them are on “standard time” all year long.

All of them are also in warm, sunny summer climates, which is why they probably don’t need an extra hour of daylight during that time. That’s according to the website infoplease.com.

So there you have it. A little bit of information about what we’ll be doing later Saturday, in order to be on time Sunday.

Bottom line is, when you go to bed Saturday night, set your clocks and watches up an hour. You’ll be on Eastern Daylight Time, which officially kicks in at 2 a.m. Sunday.

One more thing — with the time change, it’s a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Changing the batteries twice a year will make sure that the detectors will be in good working order, in case of a fire.

And, you can change those batteries again in early November, when we “Fall Back” and get that extra hour of sleep back that we’ll lose this weekend.