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Daylight saving time is right around the corner

Set your clock back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.{ }

Even with the warmer temperatures, we're in the thick of fall at this point. Of course, the changing of the leaves is one of the first things we see during the fall months. Next on the list: how early the sun goes down!

Expect it to go down even earlier with daylight saving time coming to an end this weekend. At 2 a.m. Sunday, the clocks will be turned back an hour and we'll repeat 1 a.m. all over again. Sure, there's a silver lining as we gain an hour of sleep. But of course we pay the price with the sun setting even earlier.

At this time of year, the same question always pops up: "Why do we have daylight saving time anyway?" Here's a little history lesson on that!

Daylight saving time was introduced in the late 1800s but really wasn't adopted until World War I. According to timeanddate.com, the Germans first turned their clocks ahead on April 30, 1916 (2 years into the war). The reasoning was to keep their artificial lighting use to a minimum to save fuel for the war effort. More sunlight meant fewer lanterns.

Benjamin Franklin is widely credited with the implementation of daylight saving time. That's not entirely true. He wrote a letter titled "An Economic Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" and sent it to the Journal of Paris. His main thought was for Parisians to economize their candle use by simply getting out of bed earlier ... makes sense doesn't it? So, he may have used DST thought process for the letter, but it wasn't his idea nor did he really create the modern use of it.

Daylight saving time is now used by 70 countries, but not Arizona.

Thanks for reading!

-Meteorologist Zack Green

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