Seattle will spring ahead to daylight savings time on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Daylight savings time will end on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. Each time zone switches at a different time.
A few downtown Seattle street clocks
Going roughly from north to south:
- Belltown Billiards, 90 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA 98121
- Bergman Luggage Sign, 1901 3rd Ave (at Stewart St), Seattle, WA 98101
- Century Square, 1501 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
- Tiffany & Co. at Pacific Place, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
- Pike Place Market, Pike Place and Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
- Bill Whipple’s Question Mark Clock at 5th and Pine, Seattle, WA 98101
- Ben Bridge Jeweler, 1432 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
- King Street Station, 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98101
Find many more Seattle street clocks at Seattle Clock Walk, produced by local engineering manager Rob Ketcherside. Rob’s extensive list of clocks, with maps, includes clocks in downtown Seattle and across the city, on building facades, as well as street clocks. Fascintating stuff. Rob researches local Seattle history, so be sure to check out his Rob’s blog and his book Lost Seattle.
History of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the warmer parts of the year (usually summer months), and back again in the colder parts (usually fall), so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. DST is practiced in over 70 countries worldwide, although the beginning and end dates vary from one place to another.
Daylight saving was first used in the U.S. in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, who introduced “Fast Time” as a cost-saving measure during World War I. Franklin D. Roosevelt also implemented the practice from 1942-1945 during World War II. Hence, DST was also been referred to as “War Time” and “Peace Time”.
After WWII ended, the practice was used inconsistently throughout the U.S., causing confusion, especially in the transportation and broadcasting industries. Finally, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 established DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. The practice was revised several times over the decades.
The current DST schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a state ordinance. In the U.S., Arizona and Hawaii do not observe DST.
Daylight Saving is controversial. Some complain that the dark winter mornings endanger lives because people, and especially school children, leave home when it is still dark. Also, studies show that there is an increase in heart attacks and road accidents as people adjust to the time change. Proponents of DST say it makes better use of natural daylight, conserves energy spent on artificial light, decreases road accidents by ensuring roads are lit naturally during the hours with most traffic, and boosts the economy because people stay out later and spend more money on activities like festivals, shopping and concerts.
Read more about Daylight Saving Time.