If you’re in Nigeria and always trying to know the current time in the USA, you need to understand that the USA time now is the current time in each of the 50 states of America.
Time in the United States, by law, is divided into nine standard time zones covering the states and its possessions, with most part of the United States observe daylight saving time during the spring, summer, and fall months.
The time zone limits and DST observance are managed by the Department of Transportation. Official and very precise timekeeping services (clocks) are provided by two government organizations: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (an office of the Department of Commerce); and its military partner, the United States Naval Observatory (USNO).
The local time clock that keeps running by these services is kept synchronized with one another and in addition to those of other global timekeeping organizations.
The current local time in USA is the mix of the time zone and daylight saving rules, together with the timekeeping services, which decides the legal civil time for any U.S. area at any minute.
The United States uses four standard time zones. As defined by US law:
Below you will find the time zones of the contiguous United States from east to west.
- Eastern Time Zone: (Zone R), which contains generally the states on the Atlantic coast and the eastern 66% of the Ohio Valley.
- Central Time Zone: (Zone S), which involves the Gulf Coast, Mississippi Valley, and Great Plains.
- Mountain Time Zone: (Zone T), which involves generally the states that include the Rocky Mountains.
- Pacific Time Zone: (Zone U), which involves the states on the Pacific coast, in addition to Nevada and the Idaho Panhandle.
The District of Columbia and seventeen states are found exclusively within the Eastern Time zone:
Note: This USA time zone is constantly 5 hours and 6 hours behind Nigeria during standard time and daytime saving phase)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
If you have questions like (what is current time in Virginia, current time in Pennsylvania, current time in Georgia, current time in Ohio, current time in USA right now, time in USA Texas etc), simply subtract the number Five (5) from your current time in Nigeria at that time. If the present time in USA changes, the time differences in Nigeria will change too.
Most of the United States starts Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and returns to standard time on the first Sunday in November every year. At that time, to find what is the time in any of the eastern states listed above, you will need to subtract the number six (6) from the current time in Nigeria at that time.
The Central Time Zone is the second most crowded in the US after the Eastern Time Zone. A few states straddle time zone limits:
Note: This time zone is 6 hours behind Nigeria during the standard time months and 5 hours behind during the daylight saving time.
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
The following states below are part of the Mountain Time Zone:
Note: The states in this time zone are at all times 7 hours behind Nigeria during the regular time months and 6 hours during the daylight saving time
- Arizona – no sunlight saving time, consistently on MST (winter time), except on the Navajo Nation.
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
The states below are part of the Pacific Time Zone:
Note: This Time zone is 8 hours behind Nigeria in Pacific Time zone and 7 hours in Eastern – while, during the daylight saving, it is 9 hours
- Idaho Panhandle -the northern half of Idaho, north of the Salmon River.
I hope by the information provided in this article, you should be able to know the current time in USA without using Google search. Let’s know if you have any questions by leaving your comment below. Share the article on Facebook, Twitter and Google+