Give yourself a free minute every time you see someone misspell Daylight Saving Time. It is either Daylight Saving Time. Or Daylight Savings. I know…
Prepare your clocks. Prepare to time travel. Daylight Saving Time will soon come to an end. This Sunday, November 7th, clocks for many across the nation will ‘fall back’ from 2:00 AM to 1:00 AM. That is a long road to say we are returning to what is called Standard time. Regardless of the opinion you may have on the time change’s history, this will be the one where we gain an hour. Enjoy your 25-hour day this weekend.
Let us see how many time clichés I can squeeze in a blog. Ready, Set, GO!
Which States and Federal Districts use Daylight Saving Time in 2021
Not everyone is in the club but it is far from exclusive. Daylight Saving Time began March 14, 2021 and will end November 7th, 2021. The following bordered folks observe Daylight Saving Time (DST):
- Arizona (northeast)
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Palmyra Atoll
Who Does NOT Observe DST?
- Arizona (most of)
Other Locations (Territories, Unincorporated organized & unorganized territories)
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- US Minor Outlying Islands
- US Virgin Islands
The Future of the ‘Spring Forward’ and ‘Fall Back’ Back-&-Forth
As far as I know, DST was first thought up by Benjamin Franklin way back in 1784 when it was most relevant. Today, it does have trouble standing the test of time to many. I do not know if this will continue in the long term. But this topic does come up in politics from time-to-time. From watch-to-clock. Even United States senators have recently written bills in an attempt to modify this multi-century’s old concept. So there are people challenging the idea of this ritual we do biyearly because the calendar says so. Or surprisingly say to ourselves: “Oh yeah,” when we see it on the thumb scroll down to the next post social media programmed us to see.
But is it more than a ritual? Like many things, there are apparent pros to keeping DST instead of making standard time permanent. Unintended consequences that tangent from human nature perhaps. The debate rages on, I suppose.
Is this concept still relevant today? Is it hanging on by the thread of nostalgia? Or being pushed by special interests behind the scenes. I do not know. I am the messenger. Check your smoke alarm batteries by the way. That is what they tell me. Time’s up. End of blog time.
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Joe has been with Praedictix since 2016. He graduated with a bachelor’s in meteorology with a minor in mathematics from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He also interned at Studio One in UND while earning awards as a student broadcaster and teaching assistant along the way. During summers off from college, Joe was the weather intern for the KSTP weather team based in the Twin Cities. Joe then worked as the morning meteorologist for 2 years at KCWY in Casper, Wyoming; then 4 years as the morning meteorologist at WSJV in South Bend-Elkhart, IN. There, Joe became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) through the American Meteorological Society and still owns the earned seal.