CLEVELAND – In just about one short month, it will be time to spring forward into Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time, a sign winter’s end is near, begins March 10, 2024. Clocks will spring forward an hour at 2 a.m. that Sunday. With the time change, that Sunday will be just 23 hours long.
But is it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time?
You don’t have to look hard on the internet to find it both ways.
The formal name is Daylight Saving Time. The idea is that by changing the clocks we are saving daylight.
Some speculate that Daylight Savings Time, with an s at the end, got into popular vocabulary because people think of it in the same context as a savings account – the savings here being daylight, not money. Use of Daylight Savings is common in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Others suggest the use of the acronym DST for Daylight Saving Time became so common that many people simply forgot what it stood for in the first place.
Either way it’s coming soon. And if groundhog forecasts of an early end to winter in Pennsylvania and Ohio are to be believed, we could be springing forward into spring-like weather.
With the change, sunset will occur later in the day too.
Sunset in Greater Cleveland for Saturday, March 9 is expected at 6:27 p.m. Eastern, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. For Sunday, March 10, sunset will occur at 7:28 p.m.
Sunset will continue to fall about a minute later each day into the first week of July, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Daylight Saving Time 2024 will end Sunday, Nov. 3. At 2 a.m. that day, clocks will fall back an hour. As a result, that day will last 25 hours.
Critics question whether changing the clocks effectively saves any energy. Health experts suggest that switching back and forth can disrupt sleep schedules and affect individual health.
A poll conducted in 2020 by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that 63% of Americans favor ending seasonal time changes.
Two states, Hawaii and Arizona, already have done that, opting out of switching clocks to Daylight Saving Time.