Fall Back, Spring Forward
This November 3, 2019 is when we will turn our clocks back one hour.
Every year we set our clocks forward one hour on the second Sunday in March and on the first Sunday in November we set them back one hour to comply with Daylight Saving Time (DST). If your technological equipment including cell phones, computers, laptops, pads, pods, etc. are set to a state in the United States, they will automatically reset. Mechanical clocks have to be reset manually.
Not all of the states in the United States participate in DST. Arizona, Hawaii, and the overseas territories including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. In Arizona there are lands that belong to the Navajo, and on those tribal lands they do observe daylight saving time.
China, India, and Japan are the major industrialized countries that do not observe DST while most of North America, South America, Europe, some of Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica do observe DST. The date on which each country or group of countries on a continent change their clocks does differ.
The main point of daylight savings time is to save daylight by making the time daylight ends later than it would be without the clock change. Those who believe it is a good idea to change the clocks for DST suggest that there are many benefits including energy savings. Others argue that there are no real savings that can be attributed to DST and that there are both dangers and too many life disruptions from the practice. Here is more information on this controversial subject.
NOTE: To remember which way the clocks change, we remember "Fall Back, Spring Forward".
Fall is a season, but is also describes a fast backwards or downwards movement.
Spring is a season, but it also means to jump forward quickly.
So this is an easy way to remember!
WRITTEN BY JOYCE BLOOM