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Happy First Day of Spring! The Earliest in 124 Years!

Report by Paula Antolini, March 19, 2020, 9:46AM EDT

Spring is coming earlier this year than it has since 1896.

The first day of spring will occur on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 11:50 p.m. EDT for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which is marked by the arrival of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. This is the earliest the Vernal (Spring) Equinox has occurred in 124 years.

The Farmer’s Almanac says:

Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and equinox derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).

“So what does that mean? Essentially, our hours of daylight — the period of time each day between sunrise and sunset — have been growing slightly longer each day since the Winter Solstice in December, which is the shortest day of the year (at least in terms of light).

“Even after three months of lengthening days, though, we still see less light than darkness over the course of a day. The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to win out over darkness.”

Will it actually feel like Spring? Go here to read about the Spring forecast.

Happy Spring!

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