Turn Clocks Back This Weekend? Daylight Saving Time Ends, But Not For Everyone

Confused about when to turn your clocks back? While Daylight Saving Time (DST) does end in some countries tonight, those who live in the U.S. will have to wait another week to get an extra hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 a.m. in all but two states, Arizona and Hawaii.

If you are in other parts of the world, Time and Date reports that DST ends tonight (October 26) in Israel, many parts of Australia, Holy See (Vatican City), Rome, Dublin, Brussels, Berlin, and many other locations around the globe.

For those in the United States who still think that we “fall back” before Halloween, that changed in 2007. According to AccuRite, Daylight Saving Time used to end prior to October 31, but lawmakers decided to extend DST to the first Sunday in November to protect children who go trick-or-treating, giving them more light and safety from traffic accidents.

Before you go to bed next Saturday night (November 1), it’s a good idea to set your clocks back an hour so it will be the correct time when you wake up. Of course, most smartphones are so smart that they’ll make the change for you, but most people will have to manually change the clock in their car, on their microwave and in that old grandfather clock that you can’t bear to part with.

While there are many people who are excited at the thought of getting an extra hour of sleep, it’s a real buzz kill to find out that turning the clocks back at the end of Daylight Saving Time will result in less daylight in the afternoon. If you head home from work in the late afternoon or pick up your kids from football practice, it will be dark before dinner once DST ends.

Early evening darkness is just one of the reason many states want to keep Daylight Saving Time year ’round. CNN reports that last year, the Missouri legislature proposed to do away with all of this “spring forward” and “fall backwards” clock-changing malarkey and asked 19 other states would join in. Although the House voted to approve the measure, it didn’t make any progress in the Senate. This year, Utah created a similar proposal, but it has yet to be fully approved.

Just a refresher in case you are totally confused with all of this time change nonsense: Daylight Saving Time ends in most states in the U.S. at 2 a.m. on November 2, 2014. It starts all over again on March 8, 2015.