Daylight Saving Time 2023 Ends: Fall Back This Weekend Clock
Daylight Saving Time 2023Daylight Saving Time 2023

At the end of this week, the clocks of millions of Americans will “fall back,” giving us an extra hour of sleep as daylight saving time(DST) comes to an end. DST will start again in March 2024, when we move our clocks forward, sacrificing an extra hour of sleep.

Adjusting the time affects the daily lives of millions of Americans, bringing changes in the clocks, less sleep in the following days, and certainly sunsets occurring earlier.

These time changes have played a significant role in stirring public emotions in recent years, but legislative efforts to end DST have stalled in Congress.

Let’s talk about daylight saving time.

What is Daylight Saving Time? 

Daylight saving time is the period between March and November when most Americans adjust their clocks by one hour. We gain an extra hour in November (unlike losing an hour in the spring), adjusting to maximize daylight during the morning hours. When we “spring forward” in March, there’s more daylight in the evenings during the warmer months. In the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox was on September 23, marking the start of the fall season.

When Does Daylight Saving Time 2023 End? 

Daylight saving time for 2023 will end on Sunday, November 5, according to local time at 2:00 PM, when our clocks will fall back one hour, part of the semi-annual time change that affects most but not all Americans.

When Will Daylight Saving Time Start in 2024? 

In 2024, daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 AM local time and end on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 AM local time for the year.

Is Daylight Saving Time Ending Permanently? 

Efforts to curb the clock-changing pressure have been put forward in Congress in the past two years when the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act of 2022. This is a bill that would make daylight saving time permanent.

U.S. Senate approves Daylight Saving Time Permanent
U.S. Senate approves DST Permanent

Though the Senate unanimously approved the Sunshine Protection Act of 2022, it did not pass the U.S. House of Representatives did not receive President Biden’s signature to become law. The 2023 version of the bill is also currently stalled in Congress.

Do All States Observe Daylight Saving Time? 

Not all states and American territories observe daylight saving time. Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) do not adjust their clocks for daylight saving , nor do American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Arizona does not observe DST due to its desert climate. Most states found no compelling reason to adjust their clocks an hour ahead for the hottest months of the year after adopting the Uniform Time Act. The Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, does observe DST.

Conclusion

As daylight saving time ends this weekend, millions of Americans prepare to “fall back” and gain an extra hour of sleep. The biannual time changes impact daily routines, with shorter days and less rest following the switch. Despite the public’s mixed emotions, legislative efforts to end this practice have encountered roadblocks in Congress. While some states opt out of DST, the majority continue to adjust their clocks.

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