Daylight Saving(s) time 2016: When does the time change for fall?

Published 9:54 am Thursday, October 27, 2016

First, let’s get this out of the way. It’s not Daylight Savings Time, with an s. It’s officially Daylight Saving Time, without an s.

But what you really want to know is: When does the time change for Daylight Saving Time 2016?

Well, not yet. We have to clear Halloween first before we “fall back” one hour on the clock.

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The time changes this year on November 6, 2016 at 2 a.m. In these parts that means sunset will be shortly after 5 p.m. when the change occurs, and even earlier through late December when the shortest day of the year arrives.

Some people like Daylight Saving Time. Others do not. So let us ask you:

Do you wish Daylight Saving Time was year-round?

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Those who like the extra hour of sunlight provided by Daylight Saving Time at the end of the day will not welcome the change.  An extra hour of light in the evening allows for more outside activity and a window to get some vitamin D from sunshine at the end of a workday indoors.

After Congress added an extra month to Daylight Saving Time in 2007 – starting it three weeks earlier in the spring (the second Sunday in March) and ending it one week later in the fall (the first Sunday in November) – we now spend almost 70 percent of our days each year with an extra hour of light at the end of the day.

Originally, when Daylight Saving Time was established in the United States by a federal standard in 1967, it lasted for six months. The premise sold to legislators: energy conservation.

You can read more here, including about how the lobbyists for more Daylight Saving Time time wanted to make sure to get Halloween in on the extra hour at the end of the day.