First Day of Spring!

| March 19, 2020

Cherry blossoms. Spring is also underway in many parts of the U.S. (Wallpapers 13)

Today is the Vernal Equinox. It usually occurs on the 20th or 21st, but this year it happens on the 19th… Later on tonight. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the last time it happened before the 20th was in 1896. As “equinox” indicates, the day and the night should nearly be equal. Then the days become longer than nights until the Autumnal Equinox.

The sun rises due east and sets due west on this day. If you could mark these locations, you’d have a solar marker that you’d be able to use to help with growing/harvesting planning.

From the Farmer’s Almanac:

On the March equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. It’s called the “celestial equator” because it’s an imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator.

If you were standing on the equator, the Sun would pass directly overhead on its way north.

Equinoxes are the only two times a year that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth!

While the Sun passes overhead, the tilt of the Earth is zero relative to the Sun, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (Note, however, that the Earth never orbits upright, but is always tilted on its axis by about 23.5 degrees.)

After the spring equinox, the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun, which is why we start to get longer, sunnier days.

This post provided at ninja’s request. The Farmer’s Almanac provides more details on the spring equinox. The Article itself provides additional details related to the seasons.

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    More Sun, more Heat, more Humidity…with prayers to The Good Lord it will slow down and then halt the Wuhan Corona growth rate…

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    The first day of Spring, will Bernie see his shadow?

  3. ninja says:

    Thank You, thebesig, for this post and the beautiful picture.

    In the mist of the Coronavirus, we need a reminder that it is not always “Winter”, i.e. Cold and Dark 365 days a year (366 for 2020) and that there IS a Light with Warmth at the end of a Tunnel.

    Now if we can only get rid of Daylights Saving Time.


    Thank You again!


    • thebesig says:

      No problem. :mrgreen:

      During the Medieval Period, this time of the year meant that the growing season was “at hand” or near… Fresh food becoming available and plentiful. This is the case now, but back then folks were “living on the edge” with regards to mortality rates.

      From Ash Wednesday to Easter, except for Sundays, people had to minimize their food intake as food supplies from the previous year ran low. Had a birthday during a Lenten week? Had to wait till Sunday to celebrate.

      On a side note, I read an article talking about how eggs laid during Holy Week were painted to separate them from more recently laid eggs.

      Today is also “Saint Joseph Day”. :mrgreen:

  4. If I had an egg, I would balance it on it’s end.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    This is also the day Corona crosses the 45th
    parallel in Maine.

    The CDC is recommending “keep at least 6 ft
    away from everyone”
    People from Maine….”thats seems awfully close”

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    All of us March Hares are hopping toward the mail box, looking for our homemade baked cookies that will be pouring in from around the countryside. Come Monday I will have made another full revolution on this orb. It has been in the mid 70s all week, M R Ducks (and M R Geese) have been winging their way toward yankee dom and the Hummingbirds are already buzzing around. Bring on warm and the rebirth. (and the peanut butter chocolate eggs that will be on special the FIRST Monday after Easter)

    Drinking American Brewed Yuenglings in the warm sunshine will help keep all of the Kung Flu Imported Coronas at bay. Speaking of the Bay, how ’bout some grilled crab cakes ‘Ed…or maybe some shrimps to go with this pot of cheese grits Imma making up? Spring, when an old codger’s heart turns to grilled groceries, Ladies in Sun Dresses and Daisy Dukes.

    • thebesig says:

      Originally posted by 5th/77th FA:

      (and the peanut butter chocolate eggs that will be on special the FIRST Monday after Easter)

      Easter is 50 days long. :mrgreen: The first Monday after Easter is named, “Monday of the first week of Easter”. The following Monday is named, “Monday of the second week of Easter”. The first Monday after Easter Sunday is the second day of Easter, and the second day of Easter Octave. Easter Season this year runs from April 12 (Easter Sunday) to May 31 (Pentecost). Every one of those days is “a day of Easter”.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Roger all that thebesig. My point is the candies required for my sweet tooth will be discounted at the K Roger store by at least 75%. I refuse to social distance myself from the Recces Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs…or the malted ones…or the solid chocolate ones..or jelly beans.

  7. Roh-Dog says:

    Clover and chicory planted, taters chitting, garlic on the sprout, beans starting, daffodils budding, wild rabbits already need harvesting (I tell them the consequences of being in the garden, to no avail), and a random ring neck pheasant showed up yesterday…. his tasty hide is on the list too!
    Every day brings us closer to Spring turkey season!!!!!!!!
    I don’t know about y’all, but LIFE IS GOOD!

  8. cc senor says:

    Whatever else 19 March is, 57 years ago it was my BPED. Overnight I went from St Louis to Fort Polk, so yeah, there was a noticeable change in the weather.

  9. ChipNASA says:

    Morning All,
    Between simulating work, juggling the kids and then dropping the shitton of insults on Mikey Sleepy, I’m a little behind on reading the threads.
    Give me a bit to catch up and if I miss something like another request or something, point it out and give me a holler. I”ll come back to the Spring post to check if you poke me.

  10. aGrimm says:

    It’s Spring? The bitch Mother Nature just turned us from Colorado into no color ado. 2-3″ of snow so far.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Keep us posted on that, willya? It went WAY north of us, but it’s still too cold for the trees to start buds.

      Won’t be one bit surprised if Madame Spring comes in late this year. Not at all.

  11. Doc Savage says:

    My Garden Witch is giggling like a school kid; her flowers are exploding with color, and the wisteria looks like a purple wall around the house….she hasn’t been this cheerful since we left Minnesota.