Despite the attempts of two senators to pause the end of daylight saving time this year, the clocks will be changed on Sunday as planned.
Each year we advance the clocks in March, give people an extra hour of daylight and then reset them to standard time in November. This year, in light of the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott urged that daylight savings time be maintained as a temporary, permanent feature of American life.
“Our administration has demanded a lot from the American people over the past seven months, and maintaining daylight savings time is only one small step we can take to ease the burden,” Rubio said in a statement.
The Senate never voted on the bill, and the failure of the vote in Congress means that daylight saving time will come into effect on Sunday morning. According to the adage “fall back”, the time at 2 a.m. will be reduced by one hour. Unless a setting is changed, electronic devices such as telephones and computers will automatically change their times. So if you happen to stare at your phone at 2 a.m., it will show 1 a.m.
However, analog clocks and some digital clocks must be changed manually. To make sure you have the correct time when you wake up, turn your watch back an hour before bedtime on Saturday night. If you wake up confused, turn on your TV to any news show, and it won’t take long to see the correct time at the top or bottom of the screen.
What does this mean for your Monday morning when you wake up to work? If you are an early riser, it will be brighter when your alarm clock rings because the light you saw at 8am last week will now be at 7am.
However, not everyone in the United States will change the clock on Sunday morning. Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, do not observe daylight savings time and therefore do not fall behind. Interestingly, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 allows states to keep standard time all year round, like Hawaii and most of Arizona, but prohibits them from adopting daylight saving time permanently.
However, this has not stopped the states from trying, and Tennessee, Oregon, Washington and Florida have passed laws to make daylight savings time permanent. Without a change in federal law, however, state legislation is only a symbolic gesture….