Daylight Saving Time Ends For 2012 Tonight, Time Moves Back One Hour

2:57 PM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
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Good news: We're all getting a long weekend.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will "fall back" an hour as daylight saving time in the U.S. ends, giving Sunday 25 hours instead of 24.

But first, you need to know that the U.S. is pretty much out of step with the rest of the world on this thing called daylight saving time - or as we call it in Michigan, daylight savings time, as if it were a crinkled certificate of deposit we could cash in when time was short.

How the time change works

In the U.S., daylight saving time has been around off and on since 1918. But in 2007, rules were changed so that it starts the second Sunday in March and ends interminably later, on the first Sunday in November, when kids flit to school in the dark like fruit bats.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, 2 a.m. will revert to 1 a.m. (but not before, lest we fall into yesterday, which would be a really bad idea since we're all sick of the election and need Tuesday to come as soon as possible), and our kids can finally go to school in daylight.

But here's the confusing part.

Hawaii, Arizona and some U.S. territories never observe daylight saving time. So they don't fall back.

Neither do most countries, such as Russia, China or India. And in the Southern Hemisphere, countries like Australia and Chile start daylight saving time now and end in spring.

Even the European and Mideast nations that observe daylight saving time switch back in September or October, leaving North America trailing.

All that said, here are 5 Ways to Enjoy Falling Back In Time

Related: Daylight Saving Time Messes with Sleep Schedule

By Ellen Creager: Detroit Free Press

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