Time Zone Symbology
I have been requested to put a time zone layer in one of my maps. I am using the ESRI time zone dataset. Is there anyway to represent the time as clocks? For example I would like to show what time it would be on the east coast if the first time zone was at noon?
something similar to this image
Mapping Center Answer:
We did something like this using cherubs blowing the wind in different directions to show auxillliary wind direction to be used on historical looking maps. In fact, the cherub symbols are shown in and article that we wrote called "Achieving Historical Map Effects with Modern GIS". The reference is listed on the Other Resources page here on Mapping Center.
You could do something similar using clock faces. You can make your own clock face symbols, save them as .emfs, and insert them onto the page layout. To test this out, I Googled "clock face", found a free downloadable template, inserted it as a picture in an ArcMap document, added lines with arrows to indicate the hour, and saved it as an .emf. I could then insert it on the page layout.
Be sure to use the focussed data frame if you want the symbols to stay in the same place geographically (see the blog entry on "The State of Data Frames" if you don't know about this option.)
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