Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Northwest Iowa — It’s almost time for the semi-annual ritual of re-setting clocks by one hour, this time giving many an “extra hour” of sleep Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time is about over for 2022 and will return in March 2023.

Some clocks, such as those on your smartphone, computer, and smarter clocks and home appliances should set themselves. But for ones that don’t, you’ll want to “fall back” — that is, set your clocks back one hour — before you go to bed on Saturday night. Also, a small number of clocks fall into the special category of setting themselves, but being old enough that they try to do it on the wrong date. Those need to be set manually.

Here in the United States Daylight Saving Time began over a hundred years ago — in 1918 with the Calder Act, which was implemented to help conserve fuel during WWI.

The Uniform Time Act, which was signed in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson, established a uniform Daylight Saving time across the country, and U.S. possessions. But in 2005, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks in 2007.

Several areas of the United States don’t observe Daylight Saving Time, including portions of Indiana, Hawaii and Arizona. Many other countries also change time depending on the season, but not all on the same date. Some southern hemisphere countries change their time in the opposite direction because their summer is during our winter.

Recently, there have been a number of attempts to stop changing the clocks. The most recent was the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021. That bill passed the Senate with unanimous consent on March 15th, 2022, was received by the US House, but it was held at the desk, and has not gotten to a committee, much less the full House for vote. To become law, it would need to pass the House in its identical form, and be signed by the President.

For us here in northwest Iowa, until our elected officials pass legislation to the contrary, the time will officially change at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 6th. Again, don’t forget to “Fall Back” on Saturday night. You will be able to set your clocks forward again at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12th, 2023.

 

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