Converting time to current Zulu time, which is also called UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is quite easy. Follow these simple steps and you should be able to retrieve the time you are looking for.

Step 1: Know Your Own Time Zone.

Here is a map that you can refer to. Remember your time zone’s initials.

This is another map showing how many hours you add or subtract to get the current military time in your area from the current Zulu time.

Step 2: Know if it is Daylight Time or Standard Time

Daylight time runs from March 10th – November 3rd. Standard time runs from November 3rd – March 10th.

Step 3: Add the Two Together

Add your time zone’s initial plus either DT (Daylight Time) or ST (Standard Time). Here is the equation:

(Your time zone’s first initial + (DT or ST)).

For example, if it is February 5th in Omaha, Nebraska, you would be in the Central Time Zone and because it is February 5th, it would be Standard Time. So it would be Central  +  Standard Time. That would be abbreviated to CST.

Here’s another example. If you live in Denver, Colorado and it is May 15th, you would be in the Mountain Time Zone and because it is May 15th, you would be in Daylight Time. So, your time would be Mountain + Daylight Time. That would be abbreviated to MDT.

Step 4: Refer to the Chart Below

Refer to the charts below (whether it is currently Standard Time or Daylight Time) to figure out your Zulu (UTC) time or vise versa.

Zulu time is used for… (show where it starts). Make simple video with marker board and join email list. Show when the models come out and how often and make a chart for them as well.

Note: The weather computer models are initialized typically at 0z, 6z, 12z, and 18z. When they are released to the public, they typically are out about 2 hours later.

This can confuse some people. These models are INITIALIZED at 0z, 6z, 12z, and 18z, meaning they gather all of their data at that time. It then takes them time to process the data and send it out to the public. So the models really do start at those times, you just might not see the model for a couple hours after those times.

Zulu Time Conversion Chart – Daylight Time (3/10 – 11/3)

Zulu Time Conversion Chart – Standard Time (11/3 – 3/10)

And boom, you have your time. If you use Zulu time, bookmark this page and come back to it because it will take some time memorizing this process and these charts. The clock at the top also displays the current Zulu / UTC time.

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