Fall is just around the corner, but before we bid farewell to Daylight Saving Time this year, we still have over ten weeks to go. On November 5, at 2 a.m., we’ll “fall back” by one hour, giving us an extra hour of sleep. Not only that, but this change will also mean more daylight in the morning. The days will gradually grow shorter as we transition from summer into fall.
The countdown begins as daylight shortens each day until December 21, which marks the winter solstice. After that, we’ll experience lengthening days until June 20, 2024, the date of the summer solstice. With this shift, the sun will rise approximately an hour earlier each morning. Daylight Saving Time kicked off on Sunday, March 12, 2023, and will conclude on Sunday, November 5, 2023, spanning 238 days. Since 2007, it has consistently run from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. On March 10, 2024, 126 days after turning it back in November, our next rendezvous with the clock happens. At that time, we will “spring forward.” In 2024, Daylight Saving Time will end on Nov. 3.
How Daylight Saving Time begin
Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, laid some of the early groundwork for saving light according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Additionally, the concept dates back even further when English architect William Willett proposed the idea in 1907 with his publication, “The Waste of Daylight.”
“It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight,” the website mentioned.
In recent years, there have been ongoing discussions about ending the practice of changing our clocks twice a year. Many lawmakers argue that providing more light in the evenings could benefit many Americans. It’s worth noting that some regions do not observe Daylight Saving Time. Hawaii and most of Arizona are among them, as well as U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In an effort to keep things simple, seventeen states have passed laws to have Daylight Saving Time all year long. But first, these changes need approval from the federal government.
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