There may still be snow on the ground across much of the U.S., but the calendar now reads March, prompting the annual question: When is daylight savings time this year?
The practice of moving our clocks ahead one hour to lengthen the long, sunny days of summer has a long history. Benjamin Franklin advanced the concept as early as 1784, mostly as a means to save money by reducing candle use. However, the U.S. and other major European countries didn’t formally implement the current system until 1916, in the midst of World War I, TimeandDate.com notes.
In the U.S., the answer to the question — when is daylight savings time? — is March through November. That covers most of the U.S., but not Hawaii, Arizona and some U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean, which never adopted the change due to local climate conditions.
This year, daylight savings time in the U.S. begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 9, when clocks will be set ahead one hour. The clocks will roll back an hour on November 2.