With the exception of people in Hawaii and most of Arizona, people across the U.S. observed the return of daylight savings time this weekend.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks were adjusted forward one hour.
While most phones and many newer digital clocks, appliances and electronics automatically adjust, don't forget to change those that do not in your home, apartment or vehicles.
In addition to changing your clocks, the beginning and end of daylight saving time are also good times to do safety checks around your home.
An article from ConsumerReports.org provides a list household tasks recommended at the beginning and end of daylight saving time. The following are included in this list:
Replace batteries in all smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms
The article recommends using fresh batteries and following the manufacturer's instructions to ensure these devices are working properly.
Also advised is replacing any smoke alarm that is 10 or more years old and any carbon-monoxide alarm that is 5 or more years old with a new model.
Check storage areas for hazardous materials
Materials that are outdated, no longer being used or in poor condition, including paint, should be properly disposed of. Materials that are kept should be out of reach of children and pets.
Program thermostats for savings
According to the article, residents can save up to 20 percent on their heating (and cooling) costs by lowering (and raising) their thermostats by 5° F at night and 10° F during the day if no one is home.
In addition, the article states that more money can be saved by replacing incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Motion or light sensors on outdoor lighting can also be installed so that fixtures are in use only when needed.
Update your disaster plan
People should have plans in place and necessary supplies on hand for properly responding to a natural disaster or other cataclysmic event. The article provides a link to a free emergency guide to preparing for any storm or disaster.
Smoke created hazy, orange views in Los Angeles on Saturday as the Sand Fire continued to rage less than 40 miles away from the city's downtown.
Darby will continue to deliver locally heavy rain, gusty winds and rough surf to Hawaii into early Monday. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures soaring across the northwestern United States during the final week of July.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Downpours will spread from the lower Mississippi Valley to eastern and central Texas early this week, delivering needed rain but raising the concern for flash flooding.
With the heat of summer comes many unwelcomed pests, including mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies, wasps and stink bugs, into outdoor spaces and homes.
Lawrence, KS (1886)
No rain at all since June 26 of that year.
A hot day throughout the state; Columbus 104 degrees; Augusta - 106 degrees; Louisville - 112 degrees -- record high for state.
Tucson, AZ (1952)
60-mph winds ripped roofs off an apartment complex and an airplane hangar, sweeping dust and sand through the city and leaving 200 persons homeless.