Today in Mr. Russell’s Classroom, J-Stace the Science Ace explains how Daylight Saving Time works!
Any location south or north of the equator receives varying amounts of sunshine during the year.
Our home, the Northern Hemisphere, gets more sunshine during the spring and summer months.
So, in an attempt to give us a chance to soak up the sunshine during the afternoon and evening hours, we shift the clocks.
At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we move our clocks forward an hour to 3 a.m. – marking the start of Daylight Saving Time.
Originally conceived by Benjamin Franklin during the 18th Century, Daylight Saving Time didn’t become law of the land in the United States until the 1960s.
By moving our clocks forward, we use more natural light instead of electricity. Drastically decreasing the country’s energy usage. Having more daylight hours also encourages us to spend more time outside.
But all good things must come to an end. As the sunshine starts to hover directly over the Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, we’ll add an extra hour to the clock by “falling back” on the first Sunday in November bringing Daylight Saving Time to an end.
On November 7th we will return to standard time or what is simply called “daylight” time, and during the winter months, we will experience more daylight in the morning.
Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states in the U.S. that do not observe daylight savings time.
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