Is It Time Yet, To Fall Back From Daylight Saving Time?

No, not yet, but soon it will be time to fall back from daylight saving time to standard time. Here's what you need to know to set the clock straight, and some things to think about as you prepare to do so.


The day to "fall back" from daylight saving time and wind back to standard time? That would be Nov. 4. With less than one week to go, here's some things to consider as you get set to change your clocks Sunday at 2 a.m.

Clock confusion sets in two times a year, when we "spring ahead" and "fall back" to accommodate for the switch back and forth from daylight saving time (also known as daylight saving's time) to standard time.

We "spring forward" one hour on the second Sunday of March at 2 a.m. local standard time. We "fall back" an hour on the second Sunday of November, also at 2 a.m. local standard time.

According to a National Geographic news report, "the federal government doesn't require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of ArizonaHawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands" won't need to change their clocks.

According to TimeAndDate.com, "Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but modern DST was not proposed until 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society."

According to History.com, Congress on Feb. 9, 1942 instituted daylight saving time, as suggested by President Roosevelt, to conserve fuel. The move "could be traced back to World War I, when Congress imposed one standard time on the United States to enable the country to better utilize resources, following the European model."

Looking for a cool video to watch to explain all this? Daylight Saving Time Explained on YouTube has more than 1 million views.


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