November 5, 2021 – This Sunday, Nov. 7th at 2:00 am, clocks turn back one hour to Pacific Standard Time (PST.) Besides an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning, a little more daylight to start the work week and coming home after dark are back.

While you are resetting your clocks, replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors are generally expected to last ten years, check the manufacturing date while you’re at it. For weather enthusiasts with a NOAA weather radio, it’s battery check time as well.

A Sunday morning walk around your home to check if pipes need wrapping combines getting your steps in with smart winter prep – lower temperatures are coming.

California first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1918 and in 2018 voters decided to make it year-round by approving Proposition 7. The legislature had to pass a law by a two-thirds majority vote and have it be consistent with federal law (Uniform Time Act). That vote never happened, so for now we’ll spring forward and fall back like 47 other states, only Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.

Historically, there were no uniform rules for DST from 1945 to 1966. This caused widespread confusion, especially in transport and broadcasting. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 aligned the switch dates across the USA for the first time. [source:]