Inquiring minds: difference in time between Minnesota and Arizona?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q.  What’s the difference in time between Minnesota and Arizona?

A.   Thanks to Arizona’s unique policy on the observation of Daylight Savings Time, this is not an easy question to answer. Alone among the states in the Lower Forty-Eight, Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. That means that during the cold months of the year, Arizona is one hour earlier than Minnesota. They’re on Mountain Standard Time and we’re on Central Standard Time. As soon as Daylight Savings Time begins, we “spring” forward an hour, but they stay just where they are, opening up a two-hour gap between our time zones from March to October.

Just to complicate things further, the foregoing applies to most--but not all--of Arizona. Unlike the rest of the state, the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona does observe Daylight Savings Time.

If you have friends or relatives in Arizona, maybe the best advice is to cultivate spontaneity in your real-time communications. “It’s so cold in Minnesota that I was thinking about you snowbirds in the Grand Canyon State,” might be a good opening line. “What time is it down there, anyway?”

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Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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