When Do Clocks Spring Forward for Daylight Saving Time?

Even if it doesn’t feel like spring, it’s almost time to move your clocks ahead an hour.

When does daylight saving time begin? (Photo: Silke Dietze/Getty Images)
When does daylight saving time begin? (Photo: Silke Dietze/Getty Images)

Bundled up in all those layers and covered with a fleece blanket, have you been thinking spring will never come in this winter of the Polar Vortex? Cheer up. One of the harbingers of the gentler season is just around the corner: Daylight Saving Time officially begins Sunday, March 9.

The time change officially takes place at 2 a.m., but you don’t have to spring out of bed and move the big hand on your clock ahead an hour.he change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.

But if you’re still using an analog alarm clock, you’ll probably want to move it ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday, March 8, or when you wake up the next morning.

We can’t promise the weather will turn forgiving as the clocks spring forward. But The Old Farmers Almanac offers a bit of hope, with a forecast that calls for a warming trend March 8-11 (to preserve your good mood, don’t look beyond those dates).

Speaking of good moods, the beginning of daylight saving time is associated with the end of the SAD (seasonal affected disorder) season, giving people an extra hour of daylight to enjoy after they got off work. SAD is clinical form of depression that is believed to affect about 5 percent of the U.S. population.

Here’s a bonus for you sticklers for accuracy out there: Though many people refer to the day clocks move forward as the beginning of daylight savings time, it’s technically daylight saving time.

What are you looking forward to most about the beginning of daylight saving time? Tell us below in the comments.


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