The chilly days may still be lingering as we move into Spring, but as of March 20 we were finally able to say goodbye to Winter!
That is, of course, if you use the astronomical method, which takes into account the position of Earth's orbit in relation to the sun. The Spring season when using this method runs from March 20 to June 21
But if you follow the meteorological calendar, Spring already started weeks ago! The meteorological method co-ordinates with the calendar, splitting the year into four three month seasons, with Spring occurring between March 1 and May 31.
During early Spring, the length of daylight rapidly increases. The weather usually begins to warm significantly, causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name!
Any snow begins to melt, often swelling streams rivers, and any frosts become less severe. In climates that have no snow, air and ground temperatures increase more rapidly.
In areas that do not normally experience snow, Spring may begin as early as February. Colder, arctic areas however may not experience Spring at all until May. Quite a difference depending on where you are in the word!
Many flowering plants bloom at this time of year, with their colorful beauty returning to the world once again. This in turn attracts all number of birds and insects, eager to take advantage of the beautiful bounty on offer.
The Spring season also represents several cultural associations and holidays, including:
Signifying Jesus' resurrection from the dead, Easter is the most important religious feast on the Christian calendar. The date of Easter varies between 22 March and 25 April.
An ancient northern hemisphere Spring festival and public holiday, usually celebrated on May 1.
In some regions, the first Spring festival of the New Year is Carnival, 40 days before Easter.
Last but certainly not least, Spring is a happy season! After what was a long, quiet and cold winter for many people, Spring brings the return of sunny days, mild nights and blue skies (even if the mornings are still a little fresh!).
So whether it's taking the dog for a walk to the park, heading on a road trip to the beach or catching up with friends for a good old fashioned barbecue, Spring is the season to be celebrated. Enjoy!
Written by Steve Connors
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