Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time 2012 Begins Sunday

Sunday we get to spring ahead by winding the clocks forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time.

It's nearly time to 'Spring Forward.'

At 2 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, March 11, we'll be springing our clocks forward—and losing an hour of the day, for Daylight Saving Time. The good news: sunset will be an hour later.

You may have noticed the annual tradition of Daylight Saving Time has crept forward a bit. We used to spring forward on the first Sunday in April and fall back on last Sunday in October. But a couple years ago, Congress changed the date—adding more Daylight Saving Time to the calendar. This year, it will run from March 11 until Nov. 4.

Unless you're in Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. They don't do Daylight Saving Time.

Around the world, about 75 countries and territories have at least one location that observes Daylight Saving Time, according to TimeandDate.com. On the other hand, 164 don't observe the time change at all.

Brief History:

According to the Huffington Post

Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time, but Britain and Germany began using the concept in World War I to conserve energy, the Washington Post observes. The U.S. used Daylight Saving Time for a brief time during the war, but it didn't become widely accepted in the States until after the second World War.

In 1966, the Uniform Time Act outlined that clocks should be set forward on the last Sunday in April and set back the last Sunday in October.

That law was amended in 1986 to start daylight saving time on the first Sunday in April, though the new system wasn't implemented until 1987. The end date was not changed, however, and remained the last Sunday in October until 2006.

Today, Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. The time change will precede the first day of spring and the vernal equinox, which is set to take place at 1:14 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20.

Not a fan of Daylight Savings? Tell 's readers why not in the comments.

Sheryl Hartley March 06, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Siri says it begins march 7th... Who is correct?
Derrick Williams March 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Siri is wrong. Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March, which is this coming Sunday.
Troy Thompson March 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I asked Siri where the St. Paul Winter Carnival medallion was hidden during the last hunt. She didn't get that one right either.
Shay March 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Siri gets on my nerves, she always tell me that she cant take any request! A waiste of $100


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