Spring Is Here Early – and Thank Goodness!
As we mark the end of winter, we do more than just transition to a new season. Spring brings with it feelings of excitement, new life, and hope for the future.
When winter officially comes to an end this year on March 19 at 10:49 p.m. (CT), spring comes the earliest it has in 124 years! At a time of uncertainty, this early coming of spring is truly a gift. To celebrate, here are 5 facts about spring you probably didn’t know:
1. A year, we know, is 365 days, but this is not divisible by 4. This means each season has a different number of days.
2. The Vernal Equinox is the technical term marking the beginning of spring. Vernal comes from Latin words meaning “new” and “fresh,” and equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night). This reflects that in spring, night becomes equal to the length of the day, unlike in winter when night lasts longer.
3. The first day of each season is based on Earth arriving at a 90-degree location in its orbit around the sun.
4. Earth’s elliptical orbit is always slightly changing. This causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction. The varying direction of Earth’s axis affects when it arrives at the 90-degree location in the orbit.
5. When spring comes, we often say it couldn’t have come soon enough, but spring actually comes after the shortest season. According to Farmers’ Almanac, “the warm seasons, spring and summer, combined are 7.584 days longer than the colder seasons, fall and winter.”