Fall Time Change 2020: When Do We Set Our Clocks Back For Daylight Saving Time?

If you are asking, “When do we turn clocks back in 2020?” The answer is the date that Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end in Florida at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

The rest of the United States will also turn their clocks back on November 1, 2020, with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time.

Daylight Savings Time 2020 ends after Halloween when nights become longer and longer in the northern hemisphere as the calendar nears the Winter Solstice.

This means that we gain (not lose) an hour when we turn our clocks back an hour to 1:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Saving Time change for Fall 2020 is to “Fall Back” and “Spring Ahead.”

Former Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law to put an end to the practice of setting clocks back and forward every six months.

But Florida still has to wait for the U.S. Congress to approve an exemption to remain on Daylight Saving Time throughout the year.

Daylight Saving Time will begin again on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

History of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Saving Time a year after WWI ended in 1918.

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the proverb “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” that was published in Franklin’s Poor Richards’ Almanac.

How to Correctly Spell Daylight Saving Time

Is it “Daylight Savings Time” or “Daylight Saving Time”? The correct term is without the “s” but the added “s” has become widely used in the United States.

Daylight Saving Time Bad For Your Health

Losing an hour of sleep is bad for your health, studies find. The overall rate for stroke was 8% higher and heart attacks 10% higher in the days following the daylight saving time change.

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