In case you forgot, here’s a friendly Webner House reminder: daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m. this morning.
Unless you are one of those nerdy Daylight Saving Time fans who actually stays up on Saturday night until 2 a.m. so you can change your clocks in complete compliance with the time change, the shift back to standard time means you will need to walk around your home, changing every clock that hasn’t already changed by virtue of its connection to a network. So, make sure you get to that clock radio next to your bed, the clocks on the microwave and the oven, and the clock that is pretty much completely hidden by the books in your TV room. And don’t forget the clock in your car, either!
This year it seems that the change back to standard time has come later than ever. That’s because, about 10 years ago, the federal government shifted the change to standard time back a week, from the last Sunday of October to the first Sunday of November, and in 2016 the first Sunday of November falls on November 6.
The time change has two unfortunate consequences this year. First, it’s going to get dark a lot earlier at night, which means we’re heading into the grim period when it’s dark when we head to work in the morning and dark when we come home at night. Second, it means we get an extra hour of time to hear about the presidential campaign before Election Day finally arrives.
Just this once, couldn’t we have banked that extra hour until the Sunday after Election Day?