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60 Days Away From The First Day Of SPRING
WHEN DOES SPRING 2017 BEGIN?
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Everyone is eager to get back to warm weather, so find out when spring starts—and enjoy vernal equinox facts and folklore.
Specifically, the Northern Hemisphere marks the spring equinox on Monday, March 20, 2017, at exactly 6:29 A.M. EDT.
Watch the video below for a re-play or our live show, “Celebrating the March Equinox.” We share observatory views, courtesy of Slooh, plus interesting equinox facts and spring folklore.
WHEN DOES SPRING BEGIN?
Astronomically speaking, the equinox (March 19 or 20 every year) marks spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere (whereas it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere). The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, even if our clock times reflect a different time zone.
Meteorologically speaking, in the Northern Hemisphere, the official spring season always begins on March 1 and continues through May 31. Summer begins on June 1; autumn, September 1; and winter, December 1.
Weather scientists divide the year into quarters this way to make it easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics from one year to the next. The meteorological seasons are based on annual temperature cycles rather than on the position of Earth in relation to the Sun, and they more closely follow the Gregorian calendar. Using the dates of the astronomical equinoxes and solstices for the seasons would present a statistical problem because these dates can vary slightly each year.
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