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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Daylight Savings Time | Spring Forward and Get Outside

Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner and that means it's time to adjust your clocks for daylight savings time!

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 2 a.m., remember that your clocks will spring ahead an hour, from 2 to 3.  The result of this lost hour of sleep is that the mornings will have less daylight but the evenings will have more.  

This is great news for everyone looking to get outside after school or work or whatever it is you have to do during the day that keeps you from doing the stuff you like: surfing, biking, skating, getting out on the lake, really any sports.  So it's not a bad deal to lose 1 hour of sleep and gain an evening hour for every day from March until November.

If you're reading this in some places of the U.S. (or the world), you won't even know what daylight savings time is.  Some central states don't even switch their clocks.

The original justification for daylight savings time was to save energy: generally, moving the clocks an hour meant more light during the "day" hours and less lights had to be used.  This started around World War I when fuel was at a premium.  Today, it's not clear whether daylight savings time truly saves energy, but the tradition lives on.

Daylight savings time really means one thing - more time to get outside - take advantage!