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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy First Day of Spring

Oh the first day of spring, the spring vernal equinox, has finally arrived. Spring has sprung and now daylight is meant to be measured. The Vernal Equinox of Spring occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward. This year the first day of spring is March 20th however depending on the year and month it could occur on the 19th, 20th or 21st of March.  The first day of spring helps put it all in balance with 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. However, this rule only occurs in one place, the equator.

While some may still follow the wise weatherman known as the groundhog they have been proven wrong for too long to even be taken seriously. In fact, this year spring should have all ready have been here according to the no shadow rule but no such luck as fair weather is finally arriving following several weeks of winter. Perhaps it is wiser to follow the assumption that the Spring Equinox is simply a calendar date with real spring arriving when the weather in your area feels like spring. This often occurs in different areas depending on where you live in Northern Hemisphere.

Spring may sneak up on you, not allowing you to see subtle changes. Days before and after spring equinox daylight hours will begin to change. The other night had my 8 year old grandson find himself surprised that it was still daylight outside when it had normally been dark just days before. These subtle changes should reassure you that spring weather is on its way. 

Now a bit of good / bad news the autumn equinox thus fall and winter will occur 6 months from now.

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