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Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky c. 1816

Benjamin Franklin worked with electricity and light. He noted that the French could save candles if time was rearranged during the day.

In 2015, March 8 brings us DST again on that Sunday morning at 2:00 AM.

The old proverb to help us remember which way to change our clocks works most of the time:

  • Spring FORWARD
  • Fall BACK

So on early on March 8, or before you retire for the evening, set your clock ahead one hour. In the morning, 8 o’clock will not be 9 o’clock and you may miss church. or Sunday School or Brunch.

The cycle does not revert until November 1 at 2:00 AM this year, so we will have eight months of the time change and hopefully people will like the daylight lasting until later in the evening. However, on the Summer Solstice in June, the hours of light per day are already reducing in number again, naturally, because of the positions of the Earth and the sun.

The daylight hours are incredible in Middle Michigan around Mackinac Island. Late one August when friends and I visited, it was still daylight at 10:15 PM.  The farther north one travels in the Western Hemisphere, the longer it stays light at night, until you reach the furthest climes and the Land of the Midnight Sun. There, the nights never become completely dark for six months.

Read how French candles, the British, and the American Railroads all brought Daylight Saving Time to North America and Europe:

Daylight Saving Time 2015 – History and Importance

Why Does Daylight Saving Time Change All the Time?


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