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Daylight Savings ended but could become permanent

Daylight Savings Time ended on Nov. 3 when we rolled our clocks back an hour. Could this be the last time we “fall behind?”

Legislation signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year to permanently adopt Daylight Savings Time, in other words to “spring forward” but not “fall back” an hour, still requires the OK from Congress on the federal level, with President Trump saying he supports the idea.

According to a recent KING5 news article “thirty-six other states have either had bills passed or proposed to make daylight saving time permanent. Hawaii and Arizona are the two states who use standard time.”

Those other states include Oregon and California, the other Pacific Standard Time states, and so a change, if adopted, could keep the West Coast consistent.

An article on on the health effects of switching the clocks twice a year notes studies that found links between the time switch and increased heart attacks, an increase in traffic accidents due to tiredness, and links to depression.

Daylight Savings Time moves an hour of daylight in the sunnier seasons, spring and summer, when the sun is out longer, from the morning to the evening.

In the darker fall and winter months, when the sun is out less, that hour is returned to the morning by rolling the clocks back an hour.

A sunset that was at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 is then at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Some people prefer the extra hour in the morning, while others would prefer a later sunset.

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