This coming Sunday morning, most of the nation will “spring forward” for Daylight Savings Time and will lose an hour of sleep. Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states that will not.
For all of us here in Arizona it means we will no longer be on MST but rather the same time as all the states west of us and we’ll be three hours behind the East Coast instead of the two that we are now.
Most people don’t know the origins of DST though. It began in 1918 and was known as “war time” in order to save fuel during WWI.
It was re-instated for WWII and was permanently brought back by the Uniform time Act of 1966. Arizona partook in it for one summer, and quickly withdrew from it because it meant having more sunlight in the evening, which meant more air conditioning and more energy being used along with more water usage, a valuable commodity in this part of the country.
In 1967 the State legislators, almost unanimously, voted to opt out of DST. Another cool tidbit of information is that the Navajo Indian Nation in the northeast quarter of the state does observe DST. So Arizonans, this Sunday, sit back, relax and don’t touch that clock.
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