The seasonal shift back to standard time is upon us, with daylight saving time set to end on Sunday, Nov. 5. At 2 a.m., clocks will rewind one hour, transitioning it back to 1 a.m., and granting an extra hour to the day.
This change has been a recurring event since daylight saving time became standardized in the U.S. in 1966, following its introduction in Canada in 1908 and its widespread adoption during World War I.
In the United States, daylight saving time commences on the second Sunday in March and concludes on the first Sunday in November, as it has since 2007. However, not every state participates; both Hawaii and Arizona, alongside several U.S. territories, do not observe the time change.
On the federal level, the Sunshine Protection Act, which seeks to extend daylight saving time throughout the entire year, awaits legislative approval.
As the country prepares for the switch, the Department of Transportation, which is responsible for the oversight of daylight saving time and time zone management, reminds citizens to update manual clocks.
The agency also encourages the public to replace batteries in safety devices such as smoke alarms, even as most smartphones will automatically update to reflect the change. Looking ahead, daylight saving time is slated to return on March 10, 2024, signaling another shift in our time-keeping practices.
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