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Date/Time Information

All times listed on the plots will have the following format:

   12Z 14 OCT 01
   HHZ DD MMM YY
      where: HH is the Universal Time
             DD is the day of the month
            MMM is the month of the year
             YY is the year.

Some plots will have a valid time listed such as:

24 hour Eta valid 12Z 14 FEB 02

The first part specifies how many hours beyond the initial time of observation the forecast is valid for. The label Eta specifies this is an Eta model result. The date/time data specifies the valid time, not the initial time.

Some plots will have local time listed such as:

4:00 PM EST [2100Z] 14 FEB 02

The plot is valid for 4PM EST on February 14. The value is brackets is the current Universal time (2100Z).

UTC - Universal Time

All weather information is tagged with the time of its observation or of its validity (for a forecast). For consistency, this is alway done using Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Time (UTC or Zulu time).

Time Zones

The Time Zones across North America and Pacific from East to West are:

            Standard  Daylight Savings
              Time         Time
Atlantic       AST -4       ADT -3
Eastern        EST -5       EDT -4
Central        CST -6       CDT -5
Mountain       MST -7       MDT -6
Pacific        PST -8       PDT -7
Alaska
Hawaii

GMT time can be derived from any local time using the following table:

Standard time: 

    GMT     ATL  EST  CST  MST  PST  ALA  HAW
difference   -4   -5   -6   -7   -8   -9  -10
    00       8P*  7P*  6P*  5P*  4P*  3P*  2P*
    01       9P*  8P*  7P*  6P*  5P*  4P*  3P*
    02      10P*  9P*  8P*  7P*  6P*  5P*  4P*
    03      11P* 10P*  9P*  8P*  7P*  6P*  5P*
    04      12A  11P* 10P*  9P*  8P*  7P*  6P*
    05       1A  12A  11P* 10P*  9P*  8P*  7P*
    06       2A   1A  12A  11P* 10P*  9P*  8P*
    07       3A   2A   1A  12A  11P* 10P*  9P*
    08       4A   3A   2A   1A  12A  11P* 10P*
    09       5A   4A   3A   2A   1A  12A  11P*
    10       6A   5A   4A   3A   2A   1A  12A
    11       7A   6A   5A   4A   3A   2A   1A
    12       8A   7A   6A   5A   4A   3A   2A
    13       9A   8A   7A   6A   5A   4A   3A
    14      10A   9A   8A   7A   6A   5A   4A
    15      11A  10A   9A   8A   7A   6A   5A
    16      12P  11A  10A   9A   8A   7A   6A
    17       1P  12P  11A  10A   9A   8A   7A
    18       2P   1P  12P  11A  10A   9A   8A
    19       3P   2P   1P  12P  11A  10A   9A
    20       4P   3P   2P   1P  12P  11A  10A
    21       5P   4P   3P   2P   1P  12P  11A
    22       6P   5P   4P   3P   2P   1P  12P
    23       7P   6P   5P   4P   3P   2P   1P

* represents previous day
  (i.e. 03 hours 23 January 93 is 8PM-MST 22 January)

Summertime (Daylight savings time) for those states that observe daylight savings time. For those that do not, use the standard time table all year:

    GMT     EDT  CDT  MDT  PDT
difference   -4   -5   -6   -7
    00       8P*  7P*  6P*  5P*
    01       9P*  8P*  7P*  6P*
    02      10P*  9P*  8P*  7P*
    03      11P* 10P*  9P*  8P*
    04      12A  11P* 10P*  9P*
    05       1A  12A  11P* 10P*
    06       2A   1A  12A  11P*
    07       3A   2A   1A  12A
    08       4A   3A   2A   1A
    09       5A   4A   3A   2A
    10       6A   5A   4A   3A
    11       7A   6A   5A   4A
    12       8A   7A   6A   5A
    13       9A   8A   7A   6A
    14      10A   9A   8A   7A
    15      11A  10A   9A   8A
    16      12P  11A  10A   9A
    17       1P  12P  11A  10A
    18       2P   1P  12P  11A
    19       3P   2P   1P  12P
    20       4P   3P   2P   1P
    21       5P   4P   3P   2P
    22       6P   5P   4P   3P
    23       7P   6P   5P   4P

* represents previous day
  (i.e. 03 hours 23 June is 9PM-MDT 22 June)