Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time for 2013 Ends Sunday

By Jesse Sokolow on 31 October 2013
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This Sunday, the U.S. and parts of Canada will switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m.clocks  The end of Daylight Saving Time in North America takes place exactly one week after Europe turned its clocks back one hour in observance of European Winter Time.

As is the case every year, North Americans will find themselves gaining an extra hour of sleep with the end of Daylight Saving Time when the clock will jump back an hour.  As is also the case every year, days will seem shorter, with darkness arriving one hour earlier in the evening.

Daylight Saving Time was originally proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin who believed it would save an “immense sum.”  It was first instituted in the United States during World War I as a means of saving energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between the months of April and October.

Daylight Saving Time will return on March 9 next year, when clocks will be reset forward one hour.  European Summer Time will begin on March 30.

In the U.S., the time change is observed by every state except for Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation. The time change is somewhat controversial in Indiana, which is mostly in the Eastern Time Zone and which has observed Daylight Saving Time since 2005. The question of which time zone the state should actually be in has been controversial for decades.  Some counties in the southwestern part of the state near Evansville and in the northwestern part of the state near Chicago are in the Central Time Zone.  Earlier this year, the Central Time Zone Coalition called for most of the state to move to that time zone, saying “it complicates business travel and exacerbates effects of jet lag” on trips to and from the West Coast.

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