Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6, 2016

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JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this weekend and that means some will get an “extra” hour of sleep.  

This year it began on March 13th and will end at 2:00am on Sunday, November 6th.

The annual “fall back” occurs every year at this time, and has in most U.S. states including Mississippi since World War I.  Although Benjamin Franklin is often credited with coming up with the idea of starting the day earlier in order to use natural daylight to save candles, it was President Woodrow Wilson who signed “Fast Time-” as it was called then –  into law in 1918.

Although there have been those who have argued both the pros and cons of the efficacy of DST, it has been adopted in about 70 countries since it was formalized in the United States.  There are some holdouts, however – particularly in parts of Africa and Asia, where some nations observe DST and others on the continent do not.  When travelling to another country, it is always best to check the time zone well ahead of the planned trip, to avoid unnecessary and potentially expensive confusion over scheduling.

In 2016 many people say they are not even significantly aware of the change.  Most smartphones automatically adjust to reflect the new time.

Clocks will “spring forward” on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Are you confused about Daylight Saving Time?  Here’s a primer from 2015 from National Geographic’s YouTube channel:




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