If you’ve had just about enough of wintertime, we’ve got good news for you: you’re about to get a little more sunshine. Of course, there’s a tradeoff: Depending on what time you have to get up Sunday morning, you might lose an hour of sleep.
Starting at 2 a.m. March 13, most of North America will make the shift to Daylight Savings Time by moving the clock ahead one hour. Consider this your reminder to reset your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night.
Courtesy of NASA, here’s some trivia about Daylight Savings.
- Designed to make the most use of daylight hours by shifting the clock ahead, DST has been in use throughout most of the United States, Canada and Europe since World War I.
- Any U.S. state may opt out of DST by passing a state law.
- Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona) do not observe DST.
- In 2005, President George W. Bush passed a law extending DST by four weeks, effective in 2007.
- Europeans refer to DST as “Summer Time.”