Because of the change in dates established in a 2005 decision, the change to Daylight Saving Time is likely to catch many people off guard this year.
In fact, THIS is the weekend.
Set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night, as the adjustment officially takes place at 2:00 a.m. Sunday.
This means all of a sudden longer periods of sunlight in the afternoons, beginning Sunday afternoon. Sunset will occur at 6:42 on Sunday.
On the other side of the day, it will be darker in the mornings for some time.
Daybreak will occur an hour later. Sunrise has been around 6 a.m the past week or so, but on Sunday it jumps to around 7 a.m., meaning that kids will be standing on darker streetsides waiting for buses.
On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.
DST begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.
The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.
By the way, the official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight SavingS Time.
Saving is used here as a verbal adjective (a participle). It modifies time and tells us more about its nature; namely, that it is characterized by the activity of saving daylight.
It is a saving daylight kind of time. Because of this, it would be more accurate to refer to DST as daylight-saving time.
Similar examples would be a mind-expanding book or a man-eating tiger. Saving is used in the same way as saving a ball game, rather than as a savings account.
Nevertheless, many people feel the word savings (with an 's') flows more mellifluously off the tongue. Daylight Savings Time is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries.
Adding to the confusion is that the phrase Daylight Saving Time is inaccurate, since no daylight is actually saved. Daylight Shifting Time would be better, but it is not as politically desirable.
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