Daylight Saving is Tonight - What Will You Do With That Extra Hour of Daylight?

In the early morning hours of this Sunday, March 10, Daylight Saving Time begins.


Starting on Sunday, the sun will set an hour later, which means you'll have an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

That's because Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

The change also means the sun will rise an hour later in the morning. That will make it dark outside when many people wake up to go to work or school.

This brings up some questions for our Patch readers.

What do you plan to do with that extra hour of evening sunshine?

Will you go for a hike through Edgewood County Park? Lounge a little longer at Pamplemousse downtown? Visit the Port of Redwood City to catch a glimpse of the historical tall ships that just arrived in town?

How about waking up to darkness outside? Does that bother you? Will it affect your commute?

And, although most computers and cell phones adjust automatically, some clocks need to be hand-set. Does that mess things up in your house? (Inevitably, there is always a clock I seem to miss and it throws me off when I look at it!)

For the record, Ben Franklin first suggested shifting the clocks to save on candles, according to Discovery, but no one took him up on his idea at the time.

The first official national time shift wasn’t until 1918. Then, the United States stopped the practice, started again during World War II for energy conservation reasons, stopped again when the war was over, and finally re-started the tradition with the Uniform Time Act in 1966.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 lengthened Daylight Saving to eight months instead of six months.

Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Do you like Daylight Saving? Or it is nothing but a pain for you? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

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Bjornex March 09, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Some places don't "observe" daylight savings? That's so biased against reality that I can hardly believe it. In a sane world, lots if places pretend it's a different time than it is for part of the year, and then switch to another time for the other. If you move your click ahead a minute or an hour or whatever, you don't "get" an extra minute or hour, you just pretend that day is a little shorter than it really is: Your clock will get to midnight sooner, but time doesn't really change.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) March 09, 2013 at 02:53 PM
It is always amazing to me how much a simple 1-hour time difference can screw up little kids' schedules! I have a 5-yr-old and a 2-yr-old and I have to admit I dread the re-setting of the clocks in our house!
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) March 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Many countries in Europe don't observe it either...I have a friend who lives in Iceland and one in Luxembourg and I always have to try and remember that at certain times of the year they are 8 hours ahead and at other times 9 hours ahead, when I want to call them....
Jon Seaz March 09, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Ha-ha! Asking what one will do with the "free" hour is like asking what one will do with the "free" money they receive back from IRS in their income tax return. The sun rises when the sun rises, regardless of the arbitrary man-designated "time" attached to sunrise. Stupid headline; stupid article; stupid concept; stupid author. Mankind is so egocentric, so conceited, so vacuous of reality that now wonder we as a group suffer from so many self-generated ills. The government needs to drop the so-called Daylight Savings Time and get our of the time business, a useless, wasteful, and bothersome process as is so much the government involves itself in.
Marianne March 09, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Well said, Jon. Couldn't agree more.
Palomar Parkman March 09, 2013 at 04:35 PM
In general, the concept is sound if it does indeed save energy. Unfortunately, they change the time on a Saturday night so there is only one evening of sleep to adjust. Statistics show that accident rates are up on the following Monday morning (too many tired drivers on the road). We should shift the time change to a Friday night so we have at least 2 nights sleep to adjust. Better yet, we should change on a Friday night of a 3 day weekend so we have 3 days to adjust. Also bad is the Monday morning for workers and school kids. Most kids are much sharper after 10 AM. So the schools start as early as 7:15. Makes no sense. BTW, we don't have an "extra" hour. The weekend is one hour shorter in the Spring.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) March 09, 2013 at 05:28 PM
What was meant was an extra hour of daylight, not an extra hour of time in the day. I added those words to the headline to make it more clear.
Sharon Levin March 09, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Yeah, but it's still not an extra hour of daylight either, it's just placed at the end of the day instead of the beginning of the day.
Barb Valley March 10, 2013 at 03:19 AM
I'm with you, Lou. Sad the others seem to be unclear on the concept.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive March 10, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Well, to go outside the snark of the comments and answer the question, this is when we start to eat dinner on the patio, drink a glass of wine or scotch and enjoy a bit of daylight after a busy day. We might also take a walk in our neighborhood and meet some new people. And when I take the dog for his evening walk, I won't need a flashlight to see where he poops.
Stacie Chan (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I absolutely love "springing forward" my clock. More sunlight in the day means hanging out in the park until 6 p.m. when it's still light outside and not having to walk/drive home from work in complete darkness ar 7 p.m.


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