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It is time again to change your clocks, except this time you must add 1 hour to your current time. Below is the basics of the concept, except it is what happens when you need to set your clocks back one hour.
As all you know, it is time to set your clocks back one hour because of Daylight Savings or Summer Time to their normal offset from Greenwich. RSR is no exception, so you will need to subtract one (-1) from your old time settings in your profile. For example if where you live (time zone) is +10, and then change it to +9. Or if your time zone is -5, change it to -6. Your time zone (the numbers signify how many hours your time zone is off compared to Greenwich Mean time, based in England.
If you never changed these settings, simply set them to the normally correct time zone. You can check you time by going to the RSR Forum Index and looking at the upper left of the forum, right above the link previously mentioned.
To see what time zone you are in (for Windows), you can double click on the clock at the bottom right side of your screen. Then click on the tab “Time Zone”. From there you will see you current time zone and its offset from Greenwich. Simply take same number there and put it into your RSR Forum Profile.
If you live in Austrailia, you will actually add one hour to your old time correct time in your profile.
<u>Find out your time zone</u>
<u>About Daylight Savings (DST)</u>
Daylight Saving Time (or Summer Time as it is called in many countries) is a way of getting more out of the summer days by advancing the clocks by one hour during the summer. Then, the sun will appear to rise one hour later in the morning when people are usually asleep anyway, at the benefit of one hour longer evenings when awake: The sunset and sunrise are one hour later than during normal time.
DST could save energy (less artificial light is needed during the evening) and make the country more efficient in addition to the pleasing effect of lighter evenings.
To make DST work, the clocks have to be adjusted one hour ahead when DST begins (during spring), and adjusted back one hour to standard time every autumn. There are many countries observing DST, and many who do not.
Note:During the months March/April-
September/October, the countries on the northern hemisphere are having their summer and may observe DST, while the countries in the southern hemisphere are having winter. During the rest of the year (September/October-March/April) is the opposite: Winter on the northern hemisphere, summer in the southern… and there might be DST in countries south of equator, but there are many exceptions to this.
Benjamin Franklin suggested the method in 1784, but it was first during World War I, in 1916 in several counties in Europe that DST was adopted, although it was proposed several times before, but rejected.
Daylight Saving Time is difficult to predict in future, many countries change the transition days/principles every year because of special happenings or conditions that has happened or will happen.
<u>Is DST always 1 hour ahead of normal time?</u>
Today it is almost always 1 hour ahead of normal time, but during history there has been several variants of this, such as half adjustment (30 minutes) or double adjustment (2 hours), but adjustments of 20, 40 minutes have also been used. 2 hours adjustment was used in several countries during some years in the 40’s and has also been used elsewhere a few times. Half adjustment was sometimes used in New Zealand in the first half of this century. Sometimes DST is used for longer periods than just one summer, as in the United States during World War II. From 3 Feb 1942 to 30 Sep 1945 most of United States had DST all year, it was called “War Time”.
<u>How does the transition to DST start?</u>
When clicking on a city in The World Clock you will get information about that city, including when daylight saving start and ends this year, if the city has DST. Let’s say that DST starts at 2:00 am local time and DST is one hour.
Note that local time is never anything between 2:00:00 - 2:59:59 at the transition from normal to DST, this hour is skipped and therefore this day has only 23 hours (instead of 24 hours). If someone has worked during this night from 0:00 to 8:00, they have only worked 7 hours, because of the skipped hour.
<u>How does the transition to DST end?</u>
Note that local time between 1:00:00 and 1:59:59 actually is repeated twice this day, first during DST time, then clocks are turned back one hour to normal time, and the hour is repeated during normal time. To avoid confusion when referring to time within this hour, it is important to tell whether it happened before of after the change back to normal time.
The day when DST ends has 25 hours. If someone has worked during this night from 0:00 to 8:00, they have worked 9 hours, because of the repeated hour.