Blog #620 SPRING

First Day of Spring

Today, I am really relying on the linked page – all of the material to the line are from the Almanac linked page.

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Astronomically speaking, the first day of spring is marked by the spring equinox, which falls on March 19, 20, or 21 every year. The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, though our clock times reflect a different time zone. And, as mentioned above, this date only signals spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere; it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Interestingly, due to time zone differences, there isn’t a March 21 equinox in mainland U.S. during the entire 21st century! Plus, we won’t see a March 21 in the world again until 2101.

Meteorologically speaking, the official first day of spring is March 1 (and the last is May 31). Weather scientists divide the year into quarters to make it easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics from one year to the next. The meteorological seasons are based on annual temperature cycles rather than on the position of Earth in relation to the Sun, and they more closely follow the Gregorian calendar. Using the dates of the astronomical equinoxes and solstices for the seasons would present a statistical problem, as these dates can vary slightly each year.

Observe nature around you!

  • Worms begin to emerge from the earth. In fact, the March Full Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this reason.
  • Notice the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
  • Speaking of birds, did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh?
  • Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach.
  • Of course, the longer days bring warmer weather! Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!
  • Ready, set, plant! March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See the best planting dates according to your local frost dates


So spring is here!!  (at least according to the sun.  The weather people prefer Winter as December, January and February; Spring as March, April and May; Summer as June, July and August, and Fall as September, October and November.  

I LOVE spring – the new life, the flowing trees, lilacs, green grass, fresh smells!!!  

So, today, I am closing with Edvard Grieg’s “Last Spring” (of course, this was originally in Norwegian)

Yet once again I could see winter leave and springtime advancing.
Buds soon appeared on hedge and tree and flowers were dancing.  
Life in its beauty once again I see; but must from it sever;
Sad then of heart I wonder if this be the last spring forever.
Green was the grass and the flowers all burst forth in brilliant array.
I hear the song of spring, of spring and of summer.

Grieg in the northern climate of Norway had to love spring – after the long winter.  As a senior person, I reflect on the verse “I wonder if this be the last spring forever”.  

But, everything is ‘bursting forth in brilliant array’!!!  Yes, this finally is SPRING!!! (For most of my life l lived in areas of cold, snowy winters and spring is such a promise and now IT IS HERE!!!

Love to all!!!


Posted by Bruce White

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