In America attendance to events on Sunday will be lower than normal. If you’re going to church you can probably expect to see a few less people than normal. If you’re asking when is daylight savings time you will not be one of them!
Daylight Savings Time makes it’s shift in time at 2:00am Sunday night on March 11th, 2012. This means that before you fall to sleep Saturday night and set your alarm you should set your clock ahead by one hour. When you wake up on Sunday you’ll be on time and will be on the correct time.
If you live in Arizona, Hawaii, American Somoa, Puerto Rico, Guam or the Virgin Islands you shouldn’t set your clock ahead. Those states and territories do not participate in Daylight Savings Time but no one else is off the hook.
Most people set their clocks ahead once they’re told the date of Daylight Savings Time but most don’t really know why we do it. To be honest, we usually wonder every year and have to remind ourselves as well. We’ve pulled information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before you we give you all the information from the NIST.gov we have to tell you that you’re saying it wrong. That’s right, “Daylight Savings Time” is actually a pluralized version of the proper way to say it, which is, “Daylight Saving Time.”
From the NIST.gov they describe all the rules of DST:
“What is Daylight Saving Time?
Daylight Saving Time, or DST, is the period of the year when clocks are moved one hour ahead. In the United States, this has the effect of creating more sunlit hours in the evening during months when the weather is the warmest. We advance our clocks ahead one hour at the beginning of DST, and move them back one hour (“spring forward, fall back”) when we return to Standard Time (ST). The transition from ST to DST has the effect of moving one hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. The transition from DST to ST effectively moves one hour of daylight from the evening to the morning.
DST was formally introduced in the United States in 1918. Today, most of the country and its territories observe DST. However, DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the state of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation, which does observe DST).
Daylight Saving Time and time zones are regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation, not by NIST. However, as an official timekeeper for the United States, NIST observes all rules regarding DST when it distributes time-of-day information to the public.
What are the current rules for Daylight Saving Time?
The rules for DST changed in 2007 for the first time in more than 20 years. The new changes were enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the length of DST in the interest of reducing energy consumption. The new rules increased the duration of DST by about one month. DST will now be in effect for 238 days, or about 65% of the year, although Congress retained the right to revert to the prior law should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant. At present, Daylight Saving Time in the United States
- begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and
- ends at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November
In 2011, DST is from 2:00 a.m. (local time) on March 13th until 2:00 a.m. (local time) on November 6th.”
We are also providing some videos that try to make sense of all this daylight savings time business. Hopefully if you don’t want to read through all the descriptions, this will clear up the confusion and you won’t have to ask, “When is daylight savings time in 2012?” or “When do I change my clocks?” A quick video education and you’ll be on your way to making your events on Sunday at the right time, people will show up to church on time and you’ll make it to work on Monday with everyone else.