Time to “Fall Back” on November 1, 2015

imagesA quick reminder that it is time to change your clock on November 1, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  We will “fall back” to return to standard time, which means you will change your clock back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on November 1st when Daylight Saving Time ends.  This may be good news for many Halloween revelers wanting to extend their celebrations from the night before.

Daylight Saving Time (the second word is singular contrary to popular belief it is not “Daylight Savings Time”) is a change in standard time for the purpose of making better use of daylight hours and conserving energy.   When Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts in the spring clocks are set one hour ahead or “spring forward”. This means that sunrise and sunset will occur one hour later on the clock than the day before. Conversely when Daylight Saving Time ends, sunrise and sunset will occur one hour earlier than the day before.

The concept of DST was not uniformly used in the United States until Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966. This act mandated that DST would begin on the first Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday of October. In 2007, Daylight Saving Time was expanded so that it now begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Merritt Law hopes you all enjoy an extra hour of sleep on November 1st!

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