Daylight Saving Time ends, and please, drop the "s"

Thursday, October 30th 2008, 10:56 am
By: News 9

By News9 Meteorologist Carrie Rose.

"Spring forward, Fall back," and we are falling more into Fall this weekend, with Halloween Friday, the end of Daylight Saving Time Sunday morning at 2 a.m., and the peak of Fall colors in Oklahoma next week. 

And yes, the correct name is Daylight Saving Time without the "s" at the end of "Saving."  Yet even I catch myself saying "Savings" and I mentally kick myself every time!  I may be a scientist, but I am also a stickler for proper nomenclature. 

Remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and turn all the clocks back in your house and car.  Last year I dutifully changed all my clocks in the house, but as I was headed to church that Sunday morning, the clock in my car was off.  For a moment I panicked.  Do yourself a favor and spare yourself the trauma of "car clock shock."  Some cell phones also need to be "rebooted" to let the change with the service provider take effect.

I like "Fall back" best, as we all get an extra hour of sleep if we go to bed Saturday night at our "normal" time.  Maybe I'm meant for Alaska in the winter because I like leaving work early in the evening in the pitch dark.   

Speaking of Alaska...a solar wind storm is blasting the Earth's magnetic field right now, and it is producing some excellent aurora displays in the north.  Check out some photos here.  What a frightfully spooky space show!

This Halloween, I will again have the pleasure of handing out candy at my house to the neighborhood kids.  I have always wanted to be able to do this, but my parents' house in Georgia is about as creepy as it gets on Halloween.  Who is going to venture down an old paved road into the woods, passing a rusty sign nailed to a tree that says, "WARNING: Trespassers will be shot!"  Seriously, it's creepy back in the woods away from the rest of the world, especially with a few jack-o-lanterns on the front patio and leaves whispering as they fall around you in the gentle breeze.  Needless to say, we have never had any trick-or-treaters venturing to our front door Halloween night! 

But I've put out pumpkins and cheery orange mums to greet trick-or-treaters at my house here!  And my candy bowls are overflowing with ALL the best candy ready, from Reese's to Snickers to candy corn.  Basically, I bought only what I will eat if there are leftovers...and you may see me running more in my neighborhood next week to work off the candy I eat!  If you make it to my front porch, you may be greeted by Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter stories.  She is the easiest Halloween costume for me!  I've already got the straight red hair, the long black robe (hey, I did graduate from college and pay for that robe!), a Gryffindor scarf (Christmas gift from my best friend in Georgia), and a wand (yes, another Christmas gift from my Georgia girl).  Can you guess what movie I'll be watching Halloween night?  Haha, yes, one of the Harry Potters.   

Everyone be safe on Halloween!