Finally spring

March 21, 2014

Spring has finally sprung, and after the winter we have all just experienced, most are probably pretty happy to see the season turn to its warmer side.

Although spring actually made its 2014 debut on Thursday, today is the first full day for the season of rejuvenation.

It’s usually at this time of year when any cabin fever begins to wear off, a renewed effort to get things like our homes cleaned up and a refreshed sense of energy sets in. And why not, we’re all just a bit tired of being forced indoors by whipping winds, chilly rains and that pesky white stuff that we got far too much of recently.

The first day of spring, also known among those who fancy themselves experts in such areas as the “vernal equinox,” is theoretically the day when there are exactly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Don’t get your stopwatches out, however, because it hardly ever works out that way.

In fact, if anyone was paying attention, the actual vernal equinox — which in Latin means spring equal night — probably already happened.

In any case, the new season offers us all a chance at starting anew — a kind of time for redemption for any projects left undone and efforts that have so far fallen short.

It’s a time for planning the annual weekends at the beach, sure, but it’s also a time for improving ourselves inside and out.

Taking that opportunity now will plants the seeds for a better future.

In the meantime, here are a few interesting facts about spring:

— There is a persistent myth that at the vernal equinox, and only at the vernal equinox, can you stand a raw egg on its end.

— If you were standing on the equator during the vernal equinox, you would see the sun pass directly overhead, only one of two times in the year when that is true. The other is during the autumnal equinox.

— In spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.

— The two equinoxes are also the only times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.