What are the specific hours implied in forecast terms?

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Dear Tom,
What are the specific hours implied in forecast terms?

—Sponny Millicent

Dear Sponny,
There is probably more minor disagreement among weather forecasters and the public alike over the meanings of time references than any other terms used in weather forecasts. Your question is important because weather forecasts should convey clearly and understandably. Here are National Weather Service definitions:
Today, tomorrow:6 am to 6 pm
Tonight: 6 pm to 6 am
Morning: 6 am to noon
Early morning: 6 to 9 am
Late morning: 9 am to noon
Afternoon: noon to 6 pm
Early afternoon: noon to 3 pm
Mid afternoon: 2 to 4 pm
Late afternoon: 3 to 6 pm

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