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Facts About Spring ~ Did You Know?

  1. The 1st day of spring 2020 in Northern Hemisphere will be on Friday, March 20th. And the last day of spring equinox 2020 will be on Saturday, June 20th.
  2. The reason the equinoxes and solstices don’t always come on the same day is that Earth doesn’t circle the sun in exactly 365 days.
  3. The first day of spring, the vernal equinox, has 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” and equinox is Latin for “equal night“. 
  4. Many trees, flowers, plants and bulbs begin to grow during the Spring because of ample availability of water, light, warmth and soil (compost).
  5. The first spring flowers are typically dandelions, daffodils, lilacs, lilies, iris and tulips  to name a few.
  6. For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.
  7. As it stays light for longer in spring, birds know it is time to find a mate. They do this by singing to each other.
  8. Most wild herbivores (plant eaters), who live in season parts of the world, have babies in the early spring. This give the babies the best chance of growing large, strong, and putting on some fat before winter. 
  9. Spring fever is a term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring.Experts say the body’s makeup changes due to different diets, hormone production, temperature and increased light.
  10. According to the National Association of Realtors, spring is the most popular season to sell/buy a house.
  11. For meteorologists, spring in the Northern Hemisphere begins three weeks before the March Equinox on March 1 and ends on May 31. This is because astronomical seasons are related to position of the Earth relative to the Sun. Meteorological seasons are related to the annual temperature cycle.
  12. Tornadoes are most common in spring and least common in winter.
  13. Spring is often associated with rebirth, renewal and regrowth.

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda

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