[Hidden-tech] [Spam] : GMT time zone calculations

Michael Muller tech at montaguewebworks.com
Tue Dec 6 18:34:22 EST 2016

Hey Marcia,

Yes. China is currently 14 hours ahead of us. We are in GMT-6 at the 
moment, also known as EST (Eastern Standard Time). During daylight 
savings we're GMT-5, also known as EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

Here's a tip on how to think about it. As you know, the sun sets in the 
west. So, it appears to move around us in a westerly direction. That 
means anyone to the west of us, say California, is behind us in terms of 
the when the sun sets there. California is three time zones away, so as 
I write this at 6:30 PM EST, it is currently 3:30 PM EST over there.

England, which is where GMT is (Greenwich Mean Time), is east of us 
across the Atlantic Ocean. They are currently six hours ahead of us (or 
rather, we are six hours behind them, thus GMT-6), so it's 12:30 AM over 
there. Just past midnight, tomorrow.

China is 8 hours ahead England, or GMT+8. That means it's 8:30 AM over 
there. Rush hour, tomorrow.

To make matters more confusing, some countries are on the half-hour from 
us, like India, which is GMT +5:30. That means it's 5:00 AM over there, 

Sometimes I have a hard time figuring this stuff out too. That's where 
technology comes in.

If you have an iPhone you can use the World Clock tab to set up a new 
clock for China.

There's also this:


Hope that helps.

Mik Muller, owner
Montague WebWorks

On 12/6/2016 4:53 PM, Marcia Yudkin wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've been asked to suggest a time for a meeting with folks who are in time zone GMT +8.  I think they are in China, Taiwan or Singapore, but I'm not sure.
> This GMT system confuses me.  What GMT time zone are we in, in the Northeast?
> How do I express a certain time in GMT terms, as opposed to Eastern time?
> And then there's the international date line to consider as well!  If they are in Asia, then they are a day "ahead" of us, correct?
> Help!
> Marcia Yudkin
> Goshen
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