Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's Finally Spring!

What is the First Day of Spring?

Well, at the start of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

So why are we celebrating the First Day of Spring?  Well, for one thing, the weather is beautiful here in Florida and we thought winter was just too, too long.  We can get back to enjoying gardening, tennis, boating, March Madness (men AND women - there are TWO tournaments, you know), baseball's spring training ... oh, the list is endless and fun.  What's not to like?!!

The birds have started to become reacquainted:

Ever wonder why you can’t remember when the first day of Spring is and why you grew up thinking it was March 21st and not the 20th?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the designation of the first day of Spring HAS actually changed.  One reason for the change is that a year is not an even number of days and neither are the seasons.  Another reason is that the earth’s elliptical orbit is changing its orientation, which causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction.  The pull of gravity also affects the date.  To learn more, see:

So Happy Spring !!  Here’s some of what’s blooming here in Florida:

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