US Americans (thank you, Miss Teen South Carolina) in 48 of the 50 states are experiencing this same grogginess today, but there are two states that don’t observe Daylight Saving Time(DST): Hawaii and Arizona.
Hawaii, I understand. It’s random. It’s out in the middle of the ocean. It doesn’t make a huge difference what time it is there.
Arizona, on the other hand, is nested between California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. It just seems complicated to not observe DST when you touch so many other states!
The result is that Arizona is in the same time zone as Denver from November to March, but then is on Los Angeles time from March to November. That’s confusing.
So, why doesn’t Arizona observe DST?
It mostly has to do with the unbearable heat in the state. If they observed DST, the sun wouldn’t go down until 9pm, and it would be blazing hot up until that time. That would make fun, summer activities like drive-in movies nearly impossible until after 9pm. Sticking with the 8pm sunset during the summer gives Arizonans more flexibility.
I guess that is a valid point, but don’t other states have this same problem?? Even though Arizona has had the most extreme highs, the Deep South is generally just as hot.
I’m beginning to think that Arizona might have oppositional defiant disorder. The DSM IV describes this disorder as “an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority figures.”
Let’s see if these criteria fit Arizona:
2) Hostile and defiant behavior? Yes—the state refuses to join the rest of the country in observing DST.
3) Toward authority figures? No—even though DST was established by federal law in 1966, an area or territory may choose not to observe it.
You got off easy this time, Arizona. Enjoy your bedtime stories.