Clocks turn back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, marking the beginning of standard time for the next few months.
This means that this weekend will be an hour longer than normal, but it will get dark an hour earlier in the evenings.
Standard time will be used through March 8, when clocks will "spring" forward an hour to begin Daylight Saving Time.
Ironically, standard time is no longer the norm. About two-thirds of the days during the year now operate on Daylight Saving Time. The rules last changed in 2007, the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The change was an effort to reduce energy consumption, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Daylight Saving Time now begins on the second Sunday of March each year and ends on the first Sunday of November.
DST has roots tracing to 1918 in the United States, though not all places always observed it. Currently, it is not used in Hawaii and most of Arizona.
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