No, I’m not confused or mistaken–meteorological spring started yesterday. So I’m actually a day late in welcoming everyone.
What exactly do I mean by that? Everyone knows that Spring begins on March 20th this year, right? Actually, no. Just as there are 4 distinct times for sunrises and sunsets, there are different “times” for calculating the seasons. Astronomical spring–the season that is calculated using the length of daylight–begins on March 20th this year. It is technically referred to as the “vernal equinox.”
Meteorological seasons are calculated by temperature. The three hottest months–June, July and August–are meteorological summer; the three coldest–December, January and February–are meteorological winter; and therefore the other months divide nicely into meteorological spring and autumn.
While this is always a welcome thing in the spring, it does mean that winter comes sooner in December, of course.
I thought I’d devote a good portion of March to signs in nature. We so often miss these, being creatures of indoors, and , particularly if we live in the colder parts of the country, practically trying to hibernate ourselves in the winter.
But nature gives us signs–long before March arrives in fact, even in my frozen part of the country, that the world is being reborn. You just have to know where to look.