OMG, it's been a hellish winter. Can we now put it in the history books? Or better yet, forget it ever happened?

The only honor we got out of it was being at the top of the Golden Snowball award and the National Weather Service Eastern Region lists. Also, this is what our ski areas would call the perfect winter. If not for the coronavirus, I'm sure their season would have been even more successful, and we know how some years they struggle due to lack of snow beyond their control.

But for those of us who love warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine (hopefully) and longer daylight hours, the time has come beginning Saturday (March 20th) at 5:37 a.m. EDT. Some other things about spring for me include looking at my countdown clock to the first day of camping season reading only 41 days to go, and alternate street parking in my village is about to end in 11 days. I'm happy for that. Binghamton's alternate street parking ended on March 15th.

The first day of spring is the called the March equinox. It's also referred to as vernal and spring equinox as well in the Northern Hemisphere. That's when the Northern Hemisphere begins to tilt more toward that big yellow thing in the sky. Days get longer, temperatures get warmer, I get happier.

According to the The Old Farmer's Almanac, Spring occurs on March 1st Meteorologically, stating:

"Weather scientists divide the year into quarters to make it easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics from one year to the next."

Astronomically, spring falls on March 19th, 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The Southern Hemisphere begins the Fall season. There's a lot more to learn about the Spring equinox by checking out the The Old Farmer's Almanac.

So, happy Spring to us all, and may it be warm, sunny, and not so much rain for the next six months!

via The Old Farmer's Almanac, Golden Snowball, NWS Eastern Region

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