What is spring?
The sunshine is more powerful and begins to melt the snowy walk, although the slush freezes again at night.
The days lengthen, but Daylights Savings Time makes the more morning come later.
Birds start their journeys north, but have to stop and wait for a few more days before they can find enough food to continue on.
Springtime is a balance. It’s warming up, but it’s not quite warm. We’re past winter but not quite to summer. We ditch the bulky coats but still have to put on a jacket.
Spring is a time of transition.
Seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth, so the northern and southern hemisphere experience exact opposite seasons. In March, the Earth is beginning to tilt its northern pole toward the sun, so the northern hemisphere enters spring and then summer while the southern hemisphere begins to tilt away from the sun for fall and winter.
The point when the Earth’s axis is neither tilted toward not away from the sun is called an equinox. The 2019 spring equinox will happen March 20. Although equinoxes are supposed to denote a date when night and day are exactly equal, they actually aren’t.
Did you know that spring wasn’t originally called spring?
In Old English, the season after winter was called Lent, but by the 14th century, the season was called springing time because plants were springing up from the ground. This changed to spring-time in the 15th century and was shortened to spring by the 16th century.