Renegade Arizona

I’m not sure about you, but I am a little bit zonked today. This whole “spring forward and forfeit an hour of sleep” idea is a little bit rough on a Monday morning.

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:

1) Ongoing pattern? Yes—Arizona has refused to participate in DST for 40 years.

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.

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4 Responses to Renegade Arizona

  1. Kim Shumaker says:

    You are ridiculous. And I love it. 🙂

  2. Brian Fletcher says:

    Another “renegade” is the State of Indiana, which has only been observing Daylight Saving Time as a whole since 2008. There’s still much debate over DST there, and over what parts of the state are in the Eastern and Central Time Zones, much of it driven by agricultural interests and the time zones of major cities in neighboring states such as Chicago, which is on Central Time, and Cincinnati and Louisville, which observe Eastern Time.

  3. Sue says:

    I learned something new today! I just found out while in Hawaii that they don’t convert to DST…but I had no idea about Arizona… very interesting!! 🙂

  4. steve says:

    I like the state of Arizona even more now, since they beat dook!

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