Hello darkness my old friend. This weekend we fell back and hour and while that means it will be lighter earlier, it also means for many New Yorkers, your drive home from work will be in the dark.

Starting on Wednesday, November 8th, the sun will set at 4:59 pm or earlier for the rest of the year.

According to Timeanddate.com, the next time we will have a sunset after 5 pm will be January 11th, 2024.

So while most people like the "extra" hour to sleep in on Sunday, just know that we will be paying the price by driving home in the dark until the new year.

Last year members of Congress were trying to pass a bill that would have kept New York State and the country on standard time and we would have stayed on the same time going forward after this Spring's time change.

The Sunshine Protection Act was introduced but wasn't approved by the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, two representatives from Florida introduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2023 and we will have to wait and see if this bill gets passed and signed into law before next Spring, when we would have to "Spring Forward" again.

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This was the third year in a row that members of Congress have introduced a bill that would make the entire country switch to Standard Time and drop daylight savings across the country.  

Not every state observes Daylight Saving Time.

Hawaii and parts of Arizona, along with American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not currently follow Daylight Saving Time. The rest of the country would just keep the same time these areas have right now.

Daylight saving time was introduced by the federal government in 1918. Over the years it has been changed numerous times, and the current daylight saving time lasts much longer than the original one from 1918.

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