Why? Hawaii is so close to the equator that the seasonal variation in the length of daylight hours is small. In Arizona, the retirees don’t want you tell them to change anything.
A few facts about Daylight Saving (no 's’) Time demonstrate that Arizona may have a point:
- Pedestrian deaths increase in November on the first night after Daylight Saving Time ends, likely because drivers find it suddenly darker at 6 p.m., and harder to see pedestrians.
- Daylight Saving Time used to end in October. In 2007, aware that child pedestrian deaths peak on Halloween, and with the encouragement of the candy industry, lawmakers extended it to the first Sunday in November, to give little goblins more light in the early evening.
- To decode the time signifiers that follow national news stories, remember that in the summer Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Pacific Standard Time (PST) becomes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and so on.
- Eastern Daylight Time extends from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. Lonesome Standard Time, according to country singer Larry Cordle, begins from the first moment your old heart broke.