In regards to Daylight Saving Time here in the United States, this year: It’s both! 3 weeks back, and 1 week forward to be more precise, accounting for 4 more weeks worth of sunshine to brighten each and every one of our days.
Unless you live in Seattle**. ;-)
Starting in 2007, daylight time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time. On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1:00 a.m. local standard time. These dates were established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. no. 109-58, 119 Stat 594 (2005).
Not all places in the U.S. observe daylight time. In particular, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not use it. Indiana adopted its use beginning in 2006.
* In 2006, daylight time begins on April 2 and ends on October 29.
* In 2007, daylight time begins on March 11 and ends on November 4. [New law goes into effect.]
* In 2008, daylight time begins on March 9 and ends on November 2.
Many other countries observe some form of “summer time”, but they do not necessarily change their clocks on the same dates as the U.S.
Daylight time and time zones in the U.S. are defined in the U.S. Code, Title 15, Chapter 6, Subchapter IX - Standard Time.
Tonight’s the night, folks. If you live in the US, 2 A.M. is the new 3 A.M. (< “I mean like, 2 A.M. wuz’ like, soo one second ago.” ;-) ***
** : I grew up and have lived most of my life in Seattle, so for those about to inform me of the fallacy of my “beliefs”, I promise, I already know. And to those who are unaware, no it doesn’t rain all day, every day, and the Sun is very much aware of the location of the Pacific Northwest in relation to the rest of the world in which it illuminates at any given time, on any given day.
*** : If your first reaction was “Dude, seriously, you’ve already showcased your inability to be even the most remote bit funny. Do yourself (and the rest of us!) a favor: Let it go…” please rest, assured by the knowledge that my aspirations as a stand-up comic and TV commercial writer were let go before they even arrived. But regardless,
M:D > “That’s good advice. Thx! Will look into that first thing Monday morning when “the clinic” re-opens for business.” ;-)