Daylight saving time ends Nov. 7

U.S and Canada turn the clock back one hour at 2 a.m.

On Nov. 7 at 2 a.m. local time, the United States and Canada change to standard time. San Benito County, along with the rest of California, falls back to 1:00 a.m. Yes, this is the change where we gain an hour of sleep for one night. Returning to standard time brings both morning light and evening dark an hour earlier. 

According to the website, parts of Canada used saving time as early as 1908. Germany introduced it in April 1916, two years into World War I, to minimize the use of artificial lighting and save fuel for the war effort. Within a few weeks, Britain, France and other countries followed suit. Most reverted to standard time after World War I, and it wasn’t until World War II that daylight saving time returned to most of Europe. The U.S. took up the mantle in 1966. 

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in the U.S daylight saving time begins the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November. Not all states follow this plan, Arizona being one of them. Some states are pushing to extend daylight saving time year-round. 

Pacific Standard Time is eight hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is the same as Greenwich Mean Time or Greenwich Standard Time. UTC falls along 0 degrees longitude or the prime meridian, which goes through Greenwich, England. Unlike latitude, longitude lines are arbitrary. Latitude is based on the Equator to the North and South poles. 

Pacific Daylight Saving Time is seven hours behind UTC. 


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Carmel de Bertaut

Carmel has a BA in Natural Sciences/Biodiversity Stewardship from San Jose State University and an AA in Communications Studies from West Valley Community College. She reports on science and the environment, arts and human interest pieces. Carmel has worked in the ecological and communication fields and is an avid creative writer and hiker. She has been reporting for BenitoLink since May, 2018 and covers Science and the Environment and Arts and Culture.