Set your clocks back tonight!

We get an extra hour of sleep tonight (or, if you’re a workaholic, an extra hour of work tomorrow). Daylight Saving Time ends tomorrow in the U.S. (at 2 a.m. to be precise), so set your clocks back an hour before you go to sleep:


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Nice clock. If g*d wanted us to mess with time he would have invented the atomic clock. Oooops…

    • Doug
      Posted November 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      When my father was a kid, people referred to Standard Time as “God’s Time,” as opposed to Daylight Saving Time, which is man-made.

      • David Harper
        Posted November 5, 2017 at 5:32 am | Permalink

        Clearly, g*d was British, since all Standard Time zones are based on Greenwich Mean Time, and hence on the Greenwich Meridian. Don’t tell the French 😉

  2. W.Benson
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Those who do not reside in the US can ignore this message.

    • Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Yes, that’s why I addressed it to U.S. readers.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Except the following places also change to Standard Time along with the US. Many others moved to Standard time in October (curse you GWB for changing it to November)

      – Bahamas
      – Bermuda
      – Most of Canada
      – Cuba
      – Haiti
      – Saint Pierre & Miquelon

      • Posted November 4, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        You should curse the candy makers. Congress passed the bill to extend DST to allow more daylight time for Halloween trick-or-treaters.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted November 4, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      We can’t ignore it because if you DVR something like CNN’s State of the Union that plays at 2am Monday in NZ, the time hasn’t been fixed because the platform is used by the US companies who forget that their time has changed in relation to NZ. So the wrong show gets recorded. Then there’s a couple more days where they change it, but get it wrong, so then it’s two hours out instead of just one. So you have to record a whole lot of extra shows in the hope of getting the one you want to watch while you wait for the USians to work it out.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted November 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

        It’s kind of like all that Y2K stuff. It just gives me a headache. They are now down to about 4 months off of daylight savings. Just leave it alone, I think we can survive for four months without jerking the clock around. Most people have no idea why this do this.

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I think you mean Daylight Saving Time ends at 2AM. We will be back on Standard Time.

    • Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Indeed; I’ll fix it. Thanks!

    • Posted November 4, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Why do they always change it at 2am? I find it such a pain to get up at 2am just to reset my clocks.

      • Doug
        Posted November 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

        And then an hour later, it’s 2am again, and you have to do it all over.

        • Posted November 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink


          I see an endless loop here.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted November 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

          A more sinister version of he mobie, Groundhog Day

  4. Blue
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Ms Cher’s:

    Likely not a popular opinion and I have no
    knowledge of surveilled poll results, say,
    to report here; but I ‘d like to have
    “savings” time in the USA altogether go away
    … … back to “regular” scientific, (whatever that means !) “time”. For always.

    As far as I am concerned, I would like to
    have clocks, calendars and all other alleged
    “measurings” of “time” go all the way away
    … … and I ? I ‘d be and go wholly and
    utterly, then, off of the grid. For always.


    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Arizona eschews it. In Canada, Saskatchewan never bought in. There are pockets here & there. I personally hate losing the hour in the summer. Just leave the time alone. If I have to get up earlier, I will.

    • Blue
      Posted November 5, 2017 at 9:13 am | Permalink

      I have not worn a wristwatch … … inside
      or if going out … … since, aaaah, since
      I cannot remember when. Decades at least.


  5. Chris
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I don’t mean to be a stickler, but Daylight Savings ends tomorrow. We want to “save” an extra hour of daylight for the evening during the summer when most people are awake (as opposed to 4:00am).

  6. Jeff Dahl
    Posted November 4, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    It’s Daylight SAVING Time, not Savings like a bank account.

  7. Posted November 4, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    When are we going to get rid of this aberration?

    • Posted November 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      I believe one problem is that most people who want to do away with adjusting their clocks twice a year want to go with permanent daylight saving time rather that permanent standard time.

      Does anyone else see the logical flaw with that idea?

      • Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

        We’ve had the same debate in the UK. Apparently, somebody did a study and found that, if we kept on BST (British Summer Time) all year round, there would be fewer road traffic accidents on account of it not being so dark in the evenings. Apparently, it doesn’t matter in the mornings because people diving are not so tired.

        We can’t have it though because farmers don’t like it and it would still be dark at about 10am in Scotland.

        • David Harper
          Posted November 5, 2017 at 5:46 am | Permalink

          There was a trial from 1968 to 1971 when Britain kept its clocks an hour ahead of GMT permanently. It was abandoned eventually after a free vote in Parliament. Opposition from farmers and from Scotland was cited during the debate. It seems that evidence about road traffic accidents wasn’t conclusive either way.

      • Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

        And no, I don’t see a logical flaw. The amount of actual daylight doesn’t change depending on when you set the clocks, it’s really just a case of which end of the day you want to be light in the winter.

  8. Posted November 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    @ Diana MacPherson: Years ago, I was to take the train from Oporto, Portugal to Vigo, Spain, scheduled to leave at 14.00 hs. Ten minutes earlier, the only other person at the otherwise still empty station was the man behind the ticket-window. I was about to ask him if I was misinformed, when I looked at the clock in the waiting room: 12.50.
    I then realized that Portugal had not followed the rest of West Europe’s time schedule. Luckily, the difference was in my favor; in the opposite case, I would have missed a good walk. Nothing special to see but: in no hurry at all!

    • Posted November 4, 2017 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      Mainland Portugal is in a different time zone to mainland Spain all the year round. Portugal uses WET and Spain uses CET.

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