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Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time 2012 Ends Sunday

These dark mornings have you wondering: When does Daylight Savings Time end?

We're slowly plunging into more and more darkness. 

The dreaded "fall back" day is coming to clocks across the nation. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. 

The result: sunset will be more of an afternoon thing than an evening thing for a while. Well, until it begins again on March 10, 2013, when we spring forward once again. Until then, the upshot is your 7 a.m. commute to work will have more light again.

Daylight saving time ... remember, you’ll “fall back” and set your clocks back one hour. Many electronic devices automatically adjust when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.

When you change your clocks in the fall and spring, it’s also a good time to change smoke detector batteries and check to make sure device are in working order.

Here are some suggestions for what you can do with that extra hour in Iowa City:

  • You could go see a recital by the University of Iowa School of Music
  • Or how about seeing the Indigo Girls at the Englert Theater? (sold out, so you might have to beg for a ticket)
  • You could go see the Iowa Hawkeyes Men's Basketball team in an exhibition game at Carver Hawkeye Arena at 1:00 p.m. Full schedule here.
  • You could go learn some Tai Chi at the Senior Center.
  • Or how about playing some board games at the Iowa City Public Library?
  • If none of these appeal to you, there's always Sunday football or sleeping in.


Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time. Weird.

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.

Tina Squire November 04, 2012 at 07:06 AM
It's not weird that places closer to the equator don't need to go on daylight savings time... It wouldn't help mornings much but it would make afternoons dark too early, here in Arizona. The amount of daylight we have changes some but not as significantly as it does further north.

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