Arizona Residents Get Heated About Daylight Saving Time
Rise and shine! Morning sunrise from the Grand Canyon. Courtesy of member Alicia C.
Here’s a newsflash: Arizona is hot. They don’t need longer days. Imagine putting the kids to bed at 9 p.m. and it’s 90 degrees outside.
Daylight Savings Time (DST) exists mainly as a means of energy conservation, with the thought that more sunlight in the evening means using less electricity for lights. This was especially important during World War I and World War II, when the country went into DST to save fuel. The country continued to observe DST for other practical benefits, such as reduction of crime, longer hours for businesses and more playtime for children.
However, during the brief periods in history that Arizona observed DST, residents were not thrilled with high temperatures lasting until bedtime. If you wanted to be outdoors, the heat made it hard to function and do much of anything. Arizona’s unique climate negated the benefits of DST, which is why the state hasn’t adjusted its clocks for the past several decades.
The exception for Arizona’s DST rule is on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The Navajo Nation does follow DST because the reservation spans multiple states (Arizona, Utah and New Mexico). So when it sets its clocks forward, the reservation is an hour ahead of the rest of Arizona – something to keep in mind if you decide to visit the lovely area.
Hawaii Has All the Daylight it Needs.
About time! Sunset on Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Courtesy of member Richard R.
If the purpose of DST is to, well, save daylight, then Hawaii doesn’t need much rescuing.
For most of the United States, the availability of natural light fluctuates throughout the year. As Hawaii sits near the equator, its sunrise and sunset are consistent. Therefore, Hawaii has little need for extra light since it already gets plenty.
The other U.S. locations that do not observe DST also sit near the equator:
- Puerto Rico
- S. Virgin Islands
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
Though it only applies for half of the year, this is good information to know if you are visiting Arizona, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico with Global Discovery Vacations during DST. You don’t want to miss an event or a flight because you weren’t aware of the correct time!
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