Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.
In the European Union, Summer Time begins and ends at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). It begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October. In the EU, all time zones change at the same moment.
That means that in 2008, Daylight Savings Time in the US begins at 2 AM, Sunday, March 9th.
In the UK., Summer Time begins at 1 AM Universal Time on Sunday, March 30, but it won't be Summer Time in the U.S. until June 21, at the moment of the solstice, when the sun reaches its highest altitude in the north, the Tropic of Cancer.
If I understand this correctly, until March 30 there will be one less hour of time difference between the US and most European nations. That's an additional three hours of time in the cosmos. Is that right?
What happens to the time as we change it in the various time zones in the US? I have this cartoon image of a clock at the center of the universe spinning madly in the middle of the night as it tries to keep up with all the various changes across the country until dawn.
Hawai'i never changes its time. It's always the right time in Paradise. Does that mean Hawai'i is ahead or behind the time? Or, is it the rest of us?
If Summer Time begins in the UK after March 30th, can they still wear white even though its not Memorial Day (and, everyone knows you can't wear white until after Memorial Day)?
We gained an entire day in this Leap Year, on February 29th. Does that mean that this year has a sum total of an additional 27 hours of time? How does that effect the calculation of high and low tide? Has someone told the Easter Bunny? Santa Claus? The Tooth Fairy? Will there always be an England?
I have no idea how that all works or what that means for the cosmos. It simply boggles my mind.
Just remember this, people:
Thank you. Thank you very much.