Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like......................Spring!

The Vernal Equinox began at 1:14 EDT today.  Oh yeah, I meant spring.

Dear winter:  Hasta la vista!

Don’t let the doorknob hit ‘ya…..

Honestly though, here in the northeast (NYC in particular), we did not have much of a winter.  In fact, many are probably saying this morning, winter?  What winter?

Who cares, I gladly open my doors to spring!

Below is a tidbit or two from the Old Farmer’s Almanac about spring.

Question: According to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. Is this true?

Answer: One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Try this yourself and let us know what happens!

Signs of Spring

Spring is also the time when worms begin to emerge from the earth, ladybugs land on screen doors, green buds appear, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom. The vernal, or spring, equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere.

You can track when the seasons change by recording animal behaviors and the way that the plants grow. Listen to the new sounds and observe what you hear and see…:

You might have guessed by now that winter affects my sense of humor and optimistic view on life.  By the end of January, the winter solstice and lack of sun puts me in a rather strange mindset…………..but don’t worry, I’m better now.

Warm sun with temps to match makes it alright with the world except when it comes to the future of my country and assaulting my liberties but I digress.

Back to the subject at hand,


“FIRST DAY OF NORTHERN SPRING: The seasons are changing. Today, March 20th, the sun crossed the celestial equator heading north. This marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the southern hemisphere. At this time of year, day and night are of nearly equal length, hence the name “equinox” (equal night).

Good news for sky watchers: Spring is aurora season. For reasons not fully understood by researchers, the weeks around equinoxes are prone to Northern Lights. ‘With the exception of one cloudy night we have now seen the auroras 16 nights in a row,’ reports aurora tour guide Chad Blakley from the Abisko National Park in Sweden. ‘What a season!’ He snapped this picture on March 19th:

Aurora Sweden photo taken by Chad Blakley Abisko Natl Park, Sweden 03192012
Aurora Sweden photo taken by Chad Blakley Abisko Natl Park, Sweden 03192012


And to celebrate a few of God’s most precious gifts to us, i.e., the change of seasons, life, rebirth:

 Vivaldi Classical music, Concerto No. 1 in E Major, OP. 8 

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