Vernal equinox (First day of spring)

It is soon time to say goodbye to winter clothes because today officially marks the first day of spring. However, don’t let the term spring fool you because spring is the rainiest season of the year. Although the weather is bound to be much warmer, tomorrow and Wednesday, there will be showers which are often common during this time. 

The transitional mix between the cool winter air and the soon-to-be humid air arising from summer is the reason why spring is filled with many rainy days. The transition between the seasons causes the air to rise and moisture to be released, as we know to be rain. 

There are two equinoxes yearly: one in March and one in September called the autumnal equinox. The vernal equinox, also called the spring equinox, is one of the two times of the year when there is an equal amount of daylight and darkness in all latitudes (Northern and Southern Hemispheres). This is due to the Earth’s 23.5-degree axis not being tilted toward nor away from the sun. The word equinox is derived from two Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night).

Today is one of the two moments out of the whole year when the Sun is exactly above the equator. The Sun’s refraction of the light’s rays shines most directly on the equator, which is why the Northern and Southern Hemispheres get the same amount of sunlight.

The vernal equinox falls about March 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the Southern Hemisphere, it falls around September 22nd and 23rd, which generally marks the first day of spring. Spring lasts up until the Summer Solstice (June or December 21st, depending on the Hemisphere). 

The days are now longer and the nights are shorter, and the temperatures are increasing before our eyes. With the warmer weather, more time is allowed to be outside and appreciate the change in temperature. 

Enjoying the weather before summer hits is crucial because temperatures will be in the triple digits before you know it.

Go for a walk, run, or simply sit in the sunlight for your well-being. Spring is here, everyone!