Spring is officially here at 1:14 am EDT on Tuesday, March 20!
(Kind of weird with our record heat...it feels like it should be much later in the season, but anyway...)
The spring season brings increasing daylight and warming temperatures... (AND maple syrup, of course!) :) yummy!
The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning "equal night." The spring and fall equinoxes are the dates with nearly equal daylight and dark as the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth's axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. In other words, it's the point which the sun is most directly crossing over the equator heading northward in the northern hemisphere.
This date also marks the start of fall (autumnal equinox) in the southern hemisphere.