St. Patrick's Day Will Arrive Early This Year

The St. Patrick's Day holiday will begin an hour earlier this year, compared to last.

That's because this year---the start of daylight saving time---has been moved up by three weeks.

The designated time to move your clocks an hour ahead in 2007. Is two a-m this Sunday, March 11TH.

That means clocks will “spring ahead” before spring ever arrives.

Congress cited conservation as it voted to extend the daylight saving time season by a total of four weeks.

The change was actually slipped into the 2005 Energy Bill.

“There is a government study that shows you'd save 100-thousand barrels of energy equivalent for every day you extended it,” said the sponsor of the measure, Congressman
Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan.

As a result, the University of Notre Dame could see lower electric bills. The Notre Dame Baseball Team has seven home games scheduled in March. The later sunset should reduce the need for artificial lighting at Frank Eck Stadium.

While daylight saving time will start three weeks earlier,
It will also end, one week later.

This year, the expiration date will come right after Halloween. That should reduce the need for youngsters to trick or treat in the dark this year.

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