Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Take Cover! It's Daylight Saving Time!


Daylight time begins tonight at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time.

When a time change is actually occurring, take shelter immediately. Get a kit of emergency supplies. Determine in advance where you will take shelter during time change. Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.

If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Stay clear of clocks and devices with internal chronometers, such as VCRs and some microwaves. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract time ripples and temporal distortions.

Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana are not affected by the ravages of Daylight Saving Time. Other areas in the U.S. that are spared the horrific effects of Daylight Saving Time are Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands.

Final tip: It is NOT Daylight Savings time--there's no "s" after Saving. It's Daylight Saving Time, singular.

PST: Pacific Time
(GMT -08:00)
MST: Mountain Time
(GMT -07:00)
CST: Central Time
(GMT -06:00)
EST: Eastern Time
(GMT -07:00)

Daylight time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time. On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1:00 a.m. local standard time. These dates were established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. no. 109-58, 119 Stat 594 (2005).

Not all places in the U.S. observe daylight time. In particular, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not use it. Indiana adopted its use beginning in 2006.

In 2008, daylight time begins on March 9 and ends on November 2.

Many other countries observe some form of "summer time", but they do not necessarily change their clocks on the same dates as the U.S.

Daylight time and time zones in the U.S. are defined in the U.S. Code, Title 15, Chapter 6, Subchapter IX - Standard Time.

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At Sat Mar 08, 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Mathman6293 said...

Thanks for clearing that up. I would hate to show-up an extra hour early to work on Monday morning.

At Sat Mar 08, 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Übermilf said...

It causes suffering in certain quarters.

At Sat Mar 08, 09:23:00 AM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

That is an awesome post, Zaius.

I hate DST. I hate it on a boat. I hate it with a goat.

(I haven't had any coffee today.)

At Sat Mar 08, 10:14:00 AM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

Dude, you just confused the fuck out of me.

At Sat Mar 08, 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Distributorcap said...


you confused me
Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana are not affected by the ravages of Daylight Saving Time.

arizona doesnt observe - but the others do? so how are they spared?

the interesting (or scary) thing about DST all ove the world (and how so many countries observe but all change on different dates) is how is completely messes up the airline schedules.....

At Sat Mar 08, 01:24:00 PM, Blogger y~~ said...

If you get confused by daylight saving time you really need to visit

At Sat Mar 08, 03:27:00 PM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

I don't have the time to travel through the aeons this evening, morning, see, I'm so confusion! A pox upon your houses, Montana!

At Sat Mar 08, 04:46:00 PM, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

Will duct tape help me prevent saving daylight? Or will that make the terrorist win?

At Sun Mar 09, 10:44:00 AM, Blogger Swinebread said...

Daylight saving time

thanks for the reminder

Time machine Rocks... in a retro kinda way

At Sun Mar 09, 11:49:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Mathman6293: That would be a tragedy! It's always much better to be stylishly late.

Übermilf: Wow! I had not heard that before. That's a good link!

Dean Wormer: Thank you, Dean Wormer! Myself, I don't really like goats on boats either.

Angry Ballerina: Ah! My work here is done!

Distributorcap: Arizona says that they don't observe Daylight Saving Time because they have plenty of sunshine, but I think that it's because they can't figure out how to change their watches.

y~~: Thanks! That's a good tip.

Randal Graves: I know what you mean about time travel! I have an important task to fulfill right now, and it was due yesterday!

Comrade Kevin: You can't use duct tape to Daylight Saving Time, but it can be used to lessen some of the temporal buffeting and chrono-backwash!

Swinebread: The worst part about traveling through time is trying to keep your tenses straight! you know, was, is, will be... It's all a muddle!


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