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Time Zones in the USA

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In this video, we will go over the primary time zones in the US. Understanding the time zones in the United States is essential for effective communication scheduling and coordination with colleagues, friends, and family across the country. In this short video, we will provide an overview of the primary time zones in the US display a visual representation of the time zones on the map and teach you how to easily convert time between different time zones.

The US has four primary time zones each with its own unique time difference from coordinated universal time or UTC.

Eastern time zone is GMT-5 during standard time and GMT-4 during daylight savings time.

GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. It is a time reference that is used as a world's time standard before the advent of coordinated universal time.

Central time zone is GMT-6 during standard time and GMT-5 during daylight saving time.

Mountain time is GMT-7 during standard time and GMT-6 during daylight saving time.

Finally, Pacific time is GMT-8 during standard time and GMT-7 during daylight saving time.

As you can see on the map, the continental United States is divided into four main time zones. Eastern, central, mountain, and Pacific.

These zones extend from the East Coast to the West Coast, with each time zone covering a portion of the country.

Now let's highlight some major cities in each zone to give you a better sense of their location.

Remember as you move from east to west the time advances by one hour for each zone.

In the eastern zone, we have cities like New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.

In the central zone, we have cities like Chicago, Dallas, in New Orleans.

In the mountain zone, we have cities like Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake.

Finally, the Pacific zone we have cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Understanding the times and differences between different time zones is crucial for scheduling meetings or making travel plans. Let's learn how to calculate time.

Here's a simple chart that will help you calculate the time difference between different US time zones and the local time zone.

For instance, if it's 2:00 PM in New York City, it'll be 1:00 PM in Dallas, 12:00 PM in Denver, and 11:00 AM in Los Angeles.

Fortunately, you don't have to do these calculations manually. Many online tools and smartphone applications can help you convert the time between different time zones instantly.

Some resources below are great examples of those. Time.gov is the resource that you can use online that will show you different times in any country. You can also use smartphone applications a couple listed below, our time zone converter and widget, and world clock time widget.

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