FYI: Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday, when we ‘fall back’

Thanks to Lynn for the photo above from Monday’s sunset – and Terry for the photo below with an optical illusion from tonight’s sunset:

We’re taking a moment to remind you that Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday (2 am November 1st) – that’s when we “fall back” one hour. So while the sunset is right before 6 pm now, next week it’ll be before 5 pm – moving toward the earliest sunsets of the year, 4:17 pm on December 9-10.

P.S. Though it’s now been a year and a half since our state law changed to allow permanent Daylight Saving Time, its implementation won’t happen unless Congress changes federal law. There was an attempt this fall to at least extend DST for a year.

10 Replies to "FYI: Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday, when we 'fall back'"

  • 120rider October 27, 2020 (7:16 pm)

    boooooooooooooooo (and that has nothing to do with Halloween)

  • Mj October 27, 2020 (10:43 pm)

    Keeping daylight savings time would have made sense this year, with heightened stress due to the Coronavirus having daylight later in the day would have helped.

    • Frog October 28, 2020 (12:12 pm)

      Problem is, daylight hours are simply in short supply in Seattle in the winter.  Only about nine.  They have to be shared between morning people and evening people, and you seem to be one of the latter.  Early sunset makes you depressed, but maybe late sunrise has the same effect on someone else.  Also, back in olden times when children went to school in school buildings, elementary school used to start at 7:55 am.  That is about at sunrise, standard time, during the shortest days of the year.  With daylight savings time all winter, the latest sunrise would be at 8:55, and we would have small children (morning people whether they like it or not) making their way to school in total darkness a couple of months each year.

  • Mellow Kitty October 28, 2020 (1:01 pm)

    Blargh! Who wants an extra hour of 2020!? 

  • anonyme October 28, 2020 (1:23 pm)

    While “fall back” is slightly less painful than “spring forward”, both are nonsensical.  Stop playing with time, and just make it consistent throughout the year.   The time changes are a far greater detriment than they ever were a benefit.

    • heartless October 28, 2020 (2:18 pm)

      I agree completely.  As just one example of problems it causes, there is a real and verified uptick in traffic incidents following these shifts.

  • Flivver October 28, 2020 (2:05 pm)

    Agree with frog. With permanent daylight savings winter sunrise would be almost 9AM. With heavy clouds it would be close to 10 before any real light. Sunset would be 5:11 whoopdedoo…. Don’t think people really realize how much they’d dislike it. And HIGHLY unlikely we could change back-no buyers remorse.  

    • Elton October 28, 2020 (4:29 pm)

      I personally could care less about when the sun rises or sets because either way you only have so many hours of daylight. That being said, changing clocks twice a year is super antiquated and doesn’t really serve a benefit anymore. It’s a nuisance that we should get rid of regardless of whether people “like” when the sun rises or sets.

  • Mj October 28, 2020 (4:27 pm)

    Frog I agree with school kids walking to school reason for daylight in the AM, school is online thus this item does not apply this year.

  • WestJack October 28, 2020 (4:56 pm)

    As someone who does outside work, please let’s keep it the way it is. It’s dark long enough in the morning mid-winter the way it is.

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