It felt as though nature pulled out a miracle last spring when Daylight Saving Time stretched out the afternoon light for an extra hour.

This weekend, the reverse will happen and people will have to grin and bear it as the evening darkness falls sooner.

Don’t worry. The sun and planets have not wobbled in their orbits.  Government timekeepers are to blame.

Idahoans should remember to “fall back” by changing non-digital clocks back one hour at—or before—2 a.m. Sunday to standard time. As a result, it might be a little easier to get out of bed on Monday morning because the sun appears to be brighter than usual. But the afternoon will appear to be shorter.

The afternoon daylight will get shorter yet until the winter solstice on Dec. 21. The days will then gradually lengthen until March 8, when people will have their clocks “spring forward” an hour to once again mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time began in 1918 in the United States as a way to save energy used for lighting. Some states and U.S. territories don not observe the change, including Hawaii and most of Arizona.   

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

Load comments