Spring time change this weekend: summer time 2022 starts 1 hour ahead of spring

The first time change in 2022 will take place this weekend.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, when we change the clocks to “advance” one hour. This gives us sunnier evenings throughout the summer.

Daylight saving time extends from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. We will revert to standard time when we “fall back” on Sunday, November 6, shifting daylight hours to morning.

Unless one of the ongoing moves to end the biannual daylight saving time change picks up steam. At least 19 states have enacted permanent DST legislation.

Such a change would also require an act of Congress. States are allowed to disable DST on their own, but cannot make it permanent without changing federal law. A US House committee is scheduled to discuss the idea on Wednesday.

America’s first DST law came into effect in 1918, but it wasn’t standardized until 1966. It was last extended by four weeks in 2005.

In Pennsylvania, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, has proposed joining those other states with year-round DST legislation, in part to pressure Congress to allow he acts.

“The time change is a lingering annoyance,” Mackenzie told lehighvalleylive.com, adding that his permanent daylight saving time bill is one of the most popular pieces of legislation he has ever had. offered.

Of all the proposals to end daylight saving time in Harrisburg, Mackenzie’s is the one that has made the most progress — it passed the State House in 2021 but has since languished in the Senate. Other proposals include year-round standard time or moving Pennsylvania to Atlantic Standard Time, a potential Congressional endgame that would have the same effect as permanent daylight saving time.

  • Permanent summer time means summer would stay as it is. Winter sunrise in the Lehigh Valley would be around 8:30 a.m. and sunset around 5:30 p.m.
  • Permanent Standard Time means that winter would remain as it is. Summer sunrise in the Lehigh Valley would be around 4:30 a.m. and sunset around 7:30 p.m.

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Steve Novak can be reached at snovak@lehighvalleylive.com.