Daylight Saving Time Ends At 2 AM Sunday

Northwest Iowa — You may wind up showing up for church an hour early this Sunday unless you set your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night.

At 2:00 am Sunday, Daylight Saving Time will come to an end for 2017.

The tradition of Daylight Saving Time was introduced in an essay by Benjamin Franklin, in which he wrote that he noticed people burned candles at night, but slept until dawn.

Here in the United States Daylight Saving Time began in 1918 with the Calder Act, which was implemented to help conserve fuel during WWI.

During WWII, President Franklin Roosevelt declared a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which became known as “War Time.”

The Uniform Time Act, which was signed in 1966 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, established a uniform Daylight Saving time across the country, and U.S. possessions.

Then in 2005, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks, beginning in 2007.

Several areas of the United States don’t observe Daylight Saving Time, including Hawaii and Arizona.

For us here in northwest Iowa, it’s “Spring Forward”, or set your clocks one hour ahead in the spring, and “Fall Back” turning the clocks back one hour in the fall. The “Fall Back” date this year is 2:00 am Sunday, November 5th.

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