‘Fall back’ this weekend!

‘Fall back’ this weekend!

Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night

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After you’ve called it a night on Saturday, be sure to set your clocks back an hour.

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we all “fall back,” and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Yes, there are a few exceptions and wacky anomalies — Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time, Alaska and Hawaii have year-round daylight saving time, and a few other localities play around with the process — but for most of the nation, it’s the real signal that fall is here and winter is on its way.

The good news is it’ll be a little brighter for early risers. The bad news is, even for 9 to 5-ers, it’ll be pretty much dark when you get home. Daylight Saving Time is a surprisingly polarizing issue.

The practice, in the U.S. at least, began after World War I, although it proved unpopular and was largely abandoned until the middle of World War II as both an energy saving measure and method for allowing for more efficient productivity on the farm. It became a federal law in 1966, although states reserved the right to opt out by popular vote. DST has gained popularity in many areas due to longer (technically later) summer daylight hours, and President George W. Bush actually expanded Daylight Saving Time via the 2005 Energy Policy Act, to its current time frame of beginning on the second Sunday of March and ending on the first Sunday of November — five weeks longer than the previous dates.

By Ralph Hardin

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