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vexen From: vexen Date: February 17th, 2003 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You should be sleeping now too... so goodnight again :-)
From: katminnaar Date: February 17th, 2003 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :)

Hey, how many hours' difference is it there from Calif.? Eight hours ahead? (it's almost 11 a.m. here right now)
vexen From: vexen Date: February 17th, 2003 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
USA West coast is -0800 GMT, meaning I am 8 hours ahead.

East coast is -0500, and the West Central and East Central standard times are -6 and -7 hours behind GMT respectively.

In some areas, however, daylight saving time confuses the issue. However I believe that California implements daylight saving time too, as does the UK, and although I think the date at which it is set into affect (twice yearly) is different it isn't by more than a week or so.

It's 19:28 here (so allowing for some minutes from your post, then an automated email, to my post showing) so it does seem you are 8 hours behind.

For your information (in case you wonder) ... all of England, Scotland and Wales are within GMT, so (for example) there's no eastern-most point that has ended up in a different time zone.

I feel sorry for countries like Russia, who exist across *most* time zones!
vexen From: vexen Date: February 17th, 2003 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
(All live journal comments are dated according to USA Eastern Time, although top posts are dated according to the correct time zone.)
From: katminnaar Date: February 17th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

I thought much of the UK was eight hours ahead. I guess I could've just looked at my globe!

In some areas, however, daylight saving time confuses the issue. However I believe that California implements daylight saving time too, as does the UK, and although I think the date at which it is set into affect (twice yearly) is different it isn't by more than a week or so.
That's what I was curious about; whether you use the DST changes. Here it's usually started sometime in early April and ends near the end of October. Silly system. I don't why they bother.
vexen From: vexen Date: February 17th, 2003 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to think it was silly too... I still kind of think it is, but came across some good argument for it's continued use.

It was something to do with children and schooltimes. The hour means the difference between travelling home in the dark or light in the areas that continue to use it. That's why I'm not surprised California (as Northern as the UK) uses it too. I'd guess that most/all southern states don't implement it.

From: katminnaar Date: February 17th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I knew about the school children & hours. But it actually doesn't really apply to California. (We're not as far north as Boston!) No matter what time of year, it's never *dark* at 7 a.m. or 4 p.m., and that's usually when kids are in or on their way to/from school (somewhere in those hours).

We kept track of it in junior high & high school a few times, just for grins. Also, these days most parents drive their kids to school... in a car... with headlights. Doesn't matter if it's dark. School buses had headlights too, but the kids usually had to walk to the bus stop.



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