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Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time (DST)Daylight Saving Time Ends

DST this is what America and much of the rest of the world calls 'Summer Time'.  It's interesting that the USA uses the abbreviation DST, whereas the United Kingdom employs the full phrase 'Summer Time'.

DST starts on the second Sunday in March (not the last), and end ends on the first Sunday in November, (not the last Sunday in October). Another difference is that DST lasts for three weeks longer than Summer Time.

Daylight Saving Time Ends USA

Clocks spring forward one hour

  • 2013 - Sunday November 3rd (1st Sunday in Nov)
  • 2014 - Sunday November 2nd
  • 2015 - Sunday November 1st
  • 2016 - Sunday November 6th

Daylight Saving Time Begins

The clocks are getting hungry!  They go back four seconds!

  • 2013 - Sunday March 10th (2nd Sunday in Mar)
  • 2014 - Sunday March 9th
  • 2015 - Sunday March 8th
  • 2016 - Sunday March 13th

Hilarious Daylight Saving Time Cartoons British Summer Time Ends

DST Dates

British Summer Time (BST) EndsBritish Summer Time Ends

It's always the last Sunday in October when Summer Time ends, and the clocks fall back.  The precise time on that Sunday morning is 2:00 am BST, which becomes 1:00 am GMT.

  • 2013 - Sunday 27th October
  • 2014 - Sunday 26th October
  • 2015 - Sunday 25th October
  • 2016 - Sunday 30th October

The key of remembering what happens to the clock is: 'Spring forward and Fall back'.

British Summer Time Begins

On the last Sunday of March the clocks spring forward, 1:00 am GMT becomes 2:00 BST.

  • 2013 - Sunday 31st March
  • 2014 - Sunday 30th March
  • 2015 - Sunday 29th March
  • 2016 - Sunday 27th March (Leap year)
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The Origin of British Summer Time

In many way the trains started it!  Once railways became popular problems arose with timetabling long journeys that moved through time zones.  Thus there was a need for a standard time, this became London time and then Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  Summer Time came in to being in 1916, the idea was to make better use of daylight in the munitions factories.  My point is that without the standardisation provided by GMT there could have been no Summer Time.

Since 1916 there have been a number of attempts to tinker with the idea of the clocks springing forward an hour in March and falling back at the end of October; most notably double summer time in the 1940s.  Indeed in the Autumn of 2010 there has been a serious move to re-introduce lighter evenings in effort to save power and reduce road accidents.

Clock One-liners

Which confectionery is never on time?
Choco-late!

Why did Mickey Mouse sit on his watch?
He wanted to be on time!

Donald Duck set's his alarm clock at what time?
The quack of dawn.

Why was grandfather's clock sent to asylum?
Every hour it went: 'cuckoo'.

Why did the lunatic throw grandfather's clock out of the window?
He wanted to see time fly.

Watchdog's Good Timing

A dog owner who lost a £500 watch found it when he heard the alarm going off in his pet’s stomach. Terry Morgan took the Newfoundland to the vet and was facing a £1,000 bill for an operation when the dog, Charlie, saved him the cost in the nick of time. Mr Morgan, 66, from Cockwood, Devon, said: "When Charlie saw the anaesthetic needle he howled with fright and coughed the watch up."

 

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