This is supposed to be the weekend we turn our clocks back and gain an extra hour of sleep...but it's not.
Daylight Saving Time usually ends on the last Sunday in October. That would be this Sunday, October 26th. BUT DON'T TURN YOUR CLOCK BACK THIS WEEKEND!
This is the second year that Daylight Saving Time is longer because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. So the new day we turn back time is Sunday, November 2nd. On the second Sunday in March we'll move our clocks forward one hour. That's also different. It's usually the first Sunday in April.
So why is Daylight Saving Time extended by four weeks? The answer is to save energy. Supposedly we'll save 10,000 barrels of oil a day for each day it's extended.
During the energy crisis of the 1970's daylight time was extended even more. Back in 1974, daylight time began on January 6th, and in 1975 it began on February 23rd.
A lot of time has gone by since then...the sad thing...the times don't really seemed to have changed. We're still dealing with the question of oil dependency.
Perhaps the extra hours of daylight will give those in charge the extra time to finally start to solve our energy woes that have been ticking away for decades and decades.