As the clocks turned back at the end of Daylight Saving Time in the United States, Sunday morning was a pleasant one for residents who like a little extra shuteye.
At 2 a.m., the clocks were turned back an hour, forcing residents to change their microwave and oven times after waking up from an extra hour of sleep.
As the United States heads into winter, daylight dwindling with each passing day, the question now becomes: When do we turn our clocks forward?
Under provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which amended the Uniform Time Act of 1966, daylight saving time will begin on the second Sunday in March, which will fall on March 12 in 2023.
Almost every US state observes daylight saving time, with the exceptions of Arizona (although some Native American tribes observe DST in their territories) and Hawaii. US territories, including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, do not observe daylight saving time.
It will come down to congressional legislators to answer the next question. The Sunshine Protection Act, which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this year, has stalled in the House, and it’s unclear whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi will slot the bill for debate during a lame duck session later this year.
Under the provisions of that law, daylight saving time would become permanent across the United States, meaning that when clocks go forward in 2023, it will never go back.
The future of the legislation is unknown, with lawmakers offering public support but not scheduling the bill for a vote at this time.
As for the immediate impact of the rollback, residents were treated to an early sunrise Sunday as the sun rose just before 6:28 a.m. in Chicago. Of course it will come with an early sunset, with the sun setting below the horizon at 4:40 p.m.
The earliest sunset of the year will occur about a month from Sunday, with sunset on December 8 at 4:21 p.m. The sunrise, meanwhile, will continue to advance into the new year, along with the latest winter sunrise. Occurs around January 3.
At that point in the calendar, after the winter solstice has passed, daylight will be increasing. That date will fall on December 21, when the city of Chicago will see just nine hours and 11 minutes of daylight.