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[Announcements] Reminder / Warning; World time changes and IGG event times

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Posted on 2017-03-13 07:45:34 | Show thread starter's posts only

Daylight saving time has started in the USA and soon it will be Europe's time to change as well (Sunday, March 26).


This is a WARNING TO ALL:


IGG states all event times in what they call GMT.


GMT (Greenwich Mean Time or Meridian Time)  is actually an incorrect usage but becoming more common...
The correct term to use would be UTC (Universal Coordinated Time/ Universal Time Coordinated)

UTC time is equal to GMT during standard time. (Winter time hours in the UK)

Keep in mind; Different countries use different time zones during summer.

Almost no one uses GMT during summer (Except Iceland)... England changes to BST (British Summer Time)

Below are examples of time change names;


Europe Time Zone Abbreviations
Time Zone Abbreviations used in Europe. View individual countries in the region to determine the time zone observed.
Europe Time Zone Abbreviations with UTC/GMT Offsets
ABBREVIATIONTIME ZONE NAMEUTC OFFSET
BSTBRITISH SUMMER TIMEUTC + 1
CESTCENTRAL EUROPEAN SUMMER TIMEUTC + 2
CETCENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (standard time)UTC + 1
EESTEASTERN EUROPE SUMMER TIMEUTC + 3
EETEASTERN EUROPE TIME (standard time)UTC + 2
GMTGREENWICH MEAN TIMEUTC + 0
ISTIRISH SUMMER TIMEUTC + 1
KUYTKUYBYSHEV TIMEUTC + 4
MSDMOSCOW SUMMER TIMEUTC + 4
MSKMOSCOW STANDARD TIMEUTC + 3
SAMTSAMARA TIMEUTC + 4
WESTWESTERN EUROPEAN SUMMER TIMEUTC + 1
WETWESTERN EUROPEAN TIME (standard time)UTC + 0

*"Standard time" is winter time hours

** Russia changed back to permanent standard time June 2014






now...  have fun figuring out what time events really start!!!

dont worry you will probably just be 1 hour early if you forget to do the math.


- Ele

Ps.
We Americans like to screw things up even more... by confusing even ourselves...
Most of the state of Arizona and all of Hawaii do not use Daylight savings time.
...go figure.

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#2
Posted on 2017-03-13 18:02:29 | Show thread starter's posts only

Helpful info for those living on the west coast of North America (or that timezone):

Is usually PST (Pacific Standard Time) , UTC - 8

During daylight savings time, it changed to PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), UTC - 7

what this all means is that from now on, until daylight savings time ends, any events listed on the website will be occurring 2 hours BEFORE the event time listed on the website (for the people living in the PDT timezone)


hope this helps!

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#3
Posted on 2017-03-14 07:16:03 | Show thread starter's posts only

Time given in event threads...

Yes VCO either uses GMT or EST (Eastern Standard Time)(Think USA New York City- winter time hours).

IF you are not sure which time zone is which...note* they say GMT-5
(this means England winter time minus 5 hours)

so for instance for Crete Battle they state times as follows:

15-Mar 

9:00pm EST(GMT-5)
16-Mar1:00pm EST(GMT-5)
17-Mar8:00am EST(GMT-5)
18-Mar8:00am EST(GMT-5)
19-Mar1:00pm EST(GMT-5)

               

This SHOULD BE WRITTEN AS:




10:00pm EDT(UTC-4)
16-Mar2:00pm EDT(UTC-4)
17-Mar9:00am EDT(UTC-4)
18-Mar9:00am EDT(UTC-4)
19-Mar2:00pm EDT(UTC-4)

              

...and in reply to above:
 so yes.. a time given in Eastern Standard is equal to 2 hour less than Pacific Daylight...
eastern and pacific times are 3 hours apart plus add the hour for stepping forward to day light time... so 2 hours different.

so as I said YOU do the math... there are to many time zones..

USA TIME ZONES

 I tried to avoid this because technically we have 9 USA Time zones. ( I am leaving out Canada and Mexico or this thread would never end)

1) Chamoro Time Zone; The zone includes the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. It does not use Daylight saving time; it is always UTC + 10

2) Atlantic Time Zone; territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Neither Islands area participates in Daylight saving time; it is always UTC -4

3) Eastern Time Zone 17 U.S. states in the eastern part of the contiguous United States
It uses EST (Eastern Standard time - winter = UTC-5) and EDT (Eastern Daylight Time - summer = UTC-4)

4) Central Time Zone Parts or whole of 20 States are in this zone.
It uses CST (Central Standard Time - winter = UTC-6) and CDT (Central Daylight Time - summer = UTC-5)

5) Mountain Time Zone Parts or whole of 16 states are in this zone.
It uses MST (Mountain Standard Time - winter = UTC-7) and MDT (Mountain Daylight Time - summer = UTC-6)

6) Pacific Time Zone Parts or whole of 6 states in this zone (along the west coast & part of Alaska)
It uses PST (Pacific Standard Time - winter = UTC-8) and PDT (Pacific Daylight Time - summer = UTC-7)

7) Alaska Time Zone Most of Alaska
It uses AKST (Alaska Standard Time - winter = UTC-9) and AKDT (Alaska Daylight Time - summer = UTC-8)

8) Hawaii–Aleutian Time Zone Islands of Hawaii and some parts of Alaska
It uses HAST (Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time - winter = UTC-10) all year.
Only the portions of Alaska use HADT (Hawaii–Aleutian Daylight Time - summer = UTC-9)

9) Samoa Time Zone The zone includes the U.S. territory of American Samoa, as well as the Midway Islands and the uninhabited islands of Jarvis, Palmyra, and Kingman Reef
It uses SST (Samoa Standard Time = UTC-11) all year.



- Ele

So Pretty much PAY ATTENTION to the "s" in EST and that they state GMT-5

This usage indicates they are talking about WINTER HOURS!

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