Welcome back to Arizona time, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, part of Idaho, part of Oregon, part of North Dakota, part of South Dakota, part of Nebraska, part of Kansas and Far West Texas.
If it seems kinda early, I suppose it is. It’s only been two years since the Congress voted to extend Daylight Savings Time. Starting in 2007 Daylight savings time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. In 2009 that’s November 1st, and that’s just a few hours away! You can stay up until 2am and set your clock back then and relive that hour. You can “Fall Back” when you go to bed tonight and get up extra early. Some choose to sleep the extra hour, which is always a good option. Others forget and show up for church early. Always good for a laugh.
What is the history of Daylight Savings Time? I don’t really care, but you can read more about it here.
Of course living in Arizona, the time doesn’t change for us (except for the Navajo Nation, apparently). We have the wisdom to stay on Mountain Standard Time year ’round. People ask me sometimes why Arizona opts out of Daylight time and I always answer, “Because in the Summer when it’s 108, you want the Sun to go down!” Essentially I believe that is why, but again, I am too lazy to look up the “real” reason.
One affect it does have on us here in AZ is TV programming. During the Summer we are Eastern Time minus 3 hours. In the Winter, -2. That means Monday Night Football will now start an hour later for us, etc. This was really “fun” when I worked at Family Life Radio. All of our programming shifted an hour to accommodate the rest of the network. It caused a few scheduling headaches, but mostly it made me an expert on where Arizona stands time-wise with the rest of the country.
Enjoy your extra hour of sleep if you are falling back tonight. Those of us in Arizona will carry on as usual. Maybe we’ll call our east coast friend a bit more now too, since they won’t be going to bed when we get off work…. at least until March.