In case you weren’t aware, it’s almost time for the clocks to fall back this year. With less than a month until Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, we thought this would be an opportune time for us to get the word out so that you don’t end up showing up to work late the Monday morning following the fall back. The official time that you should change your clocks back here in Edmonton AB is 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6th, so mark your calendars!
What is Daylight Saving Time?
For those of you who have always been wondering or might just be interested in finding out, we thought we’d dive into exactly what Daylight Saving Time is to clear up any confusion. The obvious part of Daylight Saving Time, is that it is two points in a given year that we change our clocks. In the spring, we move them forward an hour (AKA Spring Forward), and in the fall, we move them back an hour (AKA Fall Back).
But why? DST saw its first nationwide implementation in 1916 in the German Empire and Austria-Hungary, after being proposed by George Hudson in New Zealand 31 years prior. The purpose of moving the clocks forward an hour in the spring is to lengthen the amount of daylight that we have at night, thus benefiting things like nighttime sports and many other activities that need as much daylight as possible.
Obviously, there are drawbacks in other aspects. People like farmers are at a disadvantage, as they would benefit from an extra hour in the morning rather than at night. But a majority of people and activities benefit from the extra hour at night, and that is why Daylight Saving Time was implemented. Now you know! So be sure to change your clocks back an hour on Sunday November 6th, and then next spring you’ll move them forward again on March 12th, 2017.