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How to Read a Surface Weather Map

There are a lot of different ways to get current weather information. One of the best ways to see weather patterns over space is to use a surface weather map to see what is happening in the atmosphere around you. Outside magazine provides a useful description of surface weather maps and how to read the information that is contained in one at There are a lot of different places to get these maps. One of these is The time on the maps is Greenwich Mean Time, which meteorologists often call Z. Right now in Georgia, our local time is 4 hours behind GMT, but after daylight saving times ends on November 1, we will be 5 hours behind, so keep that in mind.