Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday - This Is Why We Have It

Violet Powell
November 4, 2017

Americans, except for those in Arizona, Hawaii, and a few territories, participate in the practice, which is meant to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours.

Whether you're awake or asleep on Sunday Nov. 5 the clocks will hit 1:59 a.m. and then a minute later it will be 1 a.m. again.

There might be some benefits to the time change each year. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Those regions that don't observe the time change include US territories such as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Warm, dry weather will accompany the time change this weekend, so enjoy some time outdoors after getting that extra hour of sleep.

DST is meant to decrease the amount of daylight in the morning hours, so that more daylight is available in the evenings during the summer months. A joint Transport Research Laboratory and University College of London study predicted that less people would be killed and injured in road accidents if one hour of daylight was transferred from the morning to the afternoon. It was repealed in 1919, but reinstated during World War II. That is, until the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which switched the start to the second Sunday in March and changed the end to the first Sunday in November. The sun, not the clock, dictated farmers' schedules, so daylight saving was very disruptive.

1986-2006 - Daylight Saving Time begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October.

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