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Spring will be here officially at 12:57pm. Longer days, warmer temperatures, green lawns, blooming flowers and more are on there way. To celebrate Springs arrival here are 10 fun facts about Spring!

  • If you stand on the equator today, you would see the sun pass directly overhead. This only happens twice a year in spring and autumn.
  • 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 vernal equinox is when the sun moves across the celestial equator and as such, there should ideally be 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. (However, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring.)
  • Spring is when birds return home after migrating in winter. About 1800 bird species migrate.
  • Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that appears after the vernal equinox. This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 20.
Welcome Spring
Welcome Spring

 

  • Spring fever is real and usually occurs when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When temperatures rise, there is a dilation or expansion of the blood vessels. This process allows blood to be carried to the bodies surface where heat can be lost quickly. This experience causes an energetic reaction.
  • Daylight Savings Time saves approximately 1% of electricity a day. It adds up to a lot when figure in the entire nation (except Arizona and Hawaii of course).
  • We have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century.
  • Prior to being called spring the season was known as Lent or Lenten.
  • The earliest known use of the term ‘spring-cleaning’ was in 1857.

 

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