Saturday, April 01, 2006

It’s daylight time again

It’s that time of year again, when crocuses bloom, the lawn starts to need mowing, and most Americans lose an hour’s sleep setting their clocks ahead.

For most Americans, the first Sunday of April is the time for moving clocks ahead for daylight-saving time. As the year progresses toward the June solstice, the Northern Hemisphere gets longer periods of sunlight.

Not everybody goes along with this plan, as folks in places like Arizona and Hawaii know quite well. Each state or country comes up with its own schedule for the switch: This year, many countries went to summer time a week earlier than the United States. And yes, some countries in the Southern Hemisphere are moving their clocks back an hour at this time of year.

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