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Time Change This Weekend

Posted at 8:24 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 21:26:26-05

While many of us don't fully understand or like the idea of changing clocks by an hour twice a year, it's a fact of life for most Americans. Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday, March 11th at 2 am, when we spring clocks forward.

When you hear it's time to change the clocks, your first question might be, "Is this the one we lose an hour of sleep or gain an hour of sleep?" Sadly, it's the bad one, where we lose an hour of sleep. But if you're sick and tired of our recent cold winter, you can at least look at this as another sign of spring on its way! Plus, you'll get that hour of sleep back on November 4th, when we "fall back" an hour.

The time change will also make for a later sunrise and sunset on Sunday. On Saturday, the sun will rise at 6:44 am in Omaha and set at 6:25 pm. After the time change, sunrise will get bumped to 7:42 am Sunday and sunset will be at 7:26 pm. If you look at those times closely, you can see we're adding about 2 minutes and 45 seconds of daylight each day right now!

If you choose to ignore the time change or just forget, you'll be an hour late for brunch on Sunday... so don't forget to "spring forward" before heading to bed Saturday night! Or if you're like me, and your smart phone is your alarm, it will take care of the time change for you!