Set clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.
If only you could sleep an hour longer before getting ready for church...
Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Eastern Time Sunday when Standard Time resumes.
Or rather, it's time to "fall back." (Clocks are typically set an hour ahead in the spring, resulting in the standard reminder of "Spring forward" in the spring and "fall back" in autumn.)
The practice was established so that people could "make the best use of available sunlight," according to www.timeanddate.com.
"Changing the clocks does not create extra daylight, but it causes the sun to rise and set at a later time by the clock. So, when we spring forward an hour in spring, we add 1 hour of natural daylight to our afternoon schedule," the website states. "A century ago, when DST was introduced, more daylight was a good thing because it meant less use of artificial light, helping to save energy. Modern society, with its computers, TV-screens, and air conditioning units uses more energy, no matter if the sun is up or not. Today, the amount of energy saved from DST is negligible."
According to the Farmer's Almanac, sunrise Sunday is 7:04 a.m. and sunset is 5:16 p.m., and daylight is 10 hours and 11 minutes long.
Nighttime will be longer and days shorter until the Winter Solstice Dec. 21, when the daylight is 9 hours and 10 minutes, the almanac shows. After that, daylight hours begin to get longer, at least until Daylight Saving Time begins anew at 2 a.m. March 11, when daylight hours will be 11 hours and 45 minutes.
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