If you are anything like me (and everyone I’ve talked to), you’ve had it with winter. So let’s forget about it and talk about spring!!
Each season (spring in this case) has both a meteorological start and an astronomical start. The astronomical start has to do with the position of the sun in relation to the earth. It normally falls on or around March 20. This year the spring equinox falls on March 20 at approximately 5:58 P.M. The Spring Equinox is when the sun passes over the Earth’s equator, making night and day approximately equal lengths of time all over the world. It is also only one of two times of the year that the sun rises due east and sets due west for everyone in the world. The other time is the fall Equinox. And if you were to be standing at the equator during this time, the sun would pass directly over your head.
The Meteorological spring always starts on March 1st. This date is based on seasonal weather and temperature patterns. Because the Astronomical spring doesn’t always fall on the same day, due to the amount of days in a year, leap year etc., it makes it much harder to compare weather data from year to year. So spring, by meteorological standards, always starts on the first day of March and ends on the last day of May. It is then based on annual temperature cycles using the Gregorian calendar.
So now you know the difference between meteorological spring and the astronomical spring. But I found some other facts about spring you may or may not know, and thought I would share some of them with you. Because it’s all about springtime!!!
Spring, referring to the season not the other meanings of the word, during the 14th century was called Springing-Time. That came about because it was the time of year when the plants began “springing” up from the ground. It was then shortened to “Spring-Time”, in the 15th century, to finally just simply “spring” in the 16th century.
The first spring flowers to come up are Daffodils, Crocus, Tulips, Iris, Lilacs and the dreadful Dandelion (sorry about that last one).
Spring fever, fact or fiction… Well spring fever is any number of behavior, mood or physical changes that actually coincide with the arrival of spring. Oh and don’t rule out laziness, restlessness and that feeling of “amorousness”! And yes it has been deemed a fact.
Kids actually grow a little faster in the springtime.
Tornado Alley is the most active in the spring. The heart of which include parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Eastern Colorado and South Dakota.
According to Face book, Couples are most likely to break up in the spring, oh and the 2 weeks prior to Christmas.
In the South Pole, the first day of spring marks the beginning of six months of uninterrupted darkness. In the North Pole it marks the beginning of six months of uninterrupted sunshine.
If Pope Gregory XIII did not establish the Gregorian calendar in 1582 (which most of the world now observes), Then every 128 years the vernal Equinox (spring) would come a full calendar day earlier. This would mean that eventually, Easter would fall sometime during midwinter.
A large scale study shows that those born in spring have an increased risk to develop serious depression. This also seems to have a significant peak during the month of May.
The first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is also the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
Studies also show that sperm quality (specifically sperm concentration) is highest in the spring and lowest in the fall. That would explain a lot as far as the mating rituals of most species.
Spring also ushers in a new year of allergy fun, starting with tree pollen, then grass pollen, to moulds in soils, compost and on grasses etc. A survey by Johnson & Johnson suggests that as many as 10 million Canadians suffer allergy symptoms.
The Early Egyptians built the great Sphinx so it points directly towards the rising of the spring Equinox sun.
According to the National Association of Realtors, spring is the most popular time to buy/sell a house.
The first day of spring is also the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, (meaning first day). It is a celebration that lasts for 13 days and is celebrated in scattered populations in Central Asia. Places like Iran, North Caucasus, Kurdish parts of Turkey, Northern Iraq and Afghanistan to name a few.
Honeybees are more likely to swarm in spring. This is the way they start new colonies from successful ones. Oh and don’t worry, generally they are too busy to pay attention to you as they are actually the most docile and friendly at this time.
Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the spring equinox.
Hurricane season is most active in late spring.
Holidays that occur in spring include International Women’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, April fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day and Mother’s Day, as well as many other ones.
So now you know a little bit more about spring, it’s not only about the nicer weather, though that is definitely a big part of it!!