We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the NOAA and other hurricane and weather reports, they commonly notate Greenwich Mean Time with a suffix Z (or sometimes GMT), and spoken as "Zulu". The military, aviation, and commercial shipping commonly operate on Zulu time.
Why "Zulu"? The story goes back to the great navigator, mathematician, and Salem, MA sea captain Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), author of The American Practical Navigator - also known as "The Sailor's Bible" - which remains in use today. He divided up the world's time zones, one hour per 15 degrees of longitude, assigning each one a letter of the alphabet. Longitude 0, running through Greenwich, England received the Z. That story is here.
I love knowing this stuff . . . My father, Goomp, AKA "the old salt," taught us "kids" the ways of the sea and totally adores all things weather . . . I'm sending him a link to your post . . . My favorite weather quotes ever were spoken -- with a pronounced Down East accent -- by Marty Engstrom, the weather guy on top of Mt. Washington, NH:
"There's a soggy cloud hanging over the mountain."
"It's typical summerish."
As you can imagine, that second one has come in especially handy in family imails and snail contacts this season. :)