Daylight saving time 2020 ends Saturday night, at least providing us an extra hour of sleep after the Shabbos calories wear off.
It will be time to fall back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. You should change your clocks either before bed that night or when you wake up in the morning.
The fall time change returns the U.S. to standard time, with its brighter mornings and darker evenings, until Sunday, March 14, when we will again change clocks and spring ahead one hour.
Oddly, standard time isn’t all that standard. Daylight saving time lasts from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, meaning it is in effect longer than standard time.
So what is the purpose of daylight saving time? It has nothing to do with farmers. Germany was the first county to establish a daylight saving time law in 1916 to conserve resources during World War I. Other countries followed suit.
The first U.S. law on daylight saving time took effect in 1918 but it was not standardized until 1966. Congress last expanded it by four weeks in 2005.
At least portions of some 70 countries observe a form of daylight saving time, but when they start and end varies. In the U.S., Hawaii and most of Arizona opt out of the clock change, along with the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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