Time change: Turn your clocks back this weekend

Published 12:51 pm Thursday, October 31, 2019

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That little nip you feel in the air when the wind blows signals two things: that fall is definitely here and Daylight Saving Time is about to end.

Each spring we lose an hour during the night as we ‘Spring forward” and move our clocks one hour ahead. Each fall we do the opposite as we “Fall back” and move our clocks back an hour and gain an extra hour.

It was a nice, sunny eight months of Daylight Saving Time, but now it’s nearly time to go as Standard Time returns.

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At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, you’ll want to set your clocks back an hour or else you might be an hour early to work or church.

DST, which was first observed in Kentucky in 1918, was established to save energy and make better use of daylight and has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It didn’t become the norm until a few hundred years later, though. In March 1918, Congress approved and then-President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Standard Time Act, which allowed for daylight hours to be added into the day to help save energy costs for war production during World War I.

During World War II, the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.