Spring 2017 officially arrives at March 20, 6:29 A.M. EDT.
The beach at Ocean City, Maryland will be one of the first places on the Delmarva Peninsula where the sunrise on the first day of spring will rise at 7:01:57 am. The Sun will set at 7:13:00 pm giving the area just over 12 hours of day light. Only a few days earlier on March 16th the day was just a minute over 12 hours and the night nearly equaled the day. The closest it’s been that way in 2017.
Some things that are termed spring may have begun before this date and others afterward. Baseball Spring training usually begins in the last couple weeks in February. College Spring Breaks are almost always in March, but some are before the Spring Equinox and others are after. Easter can be on either side of Spring. This year it’s on April 5th.
On the Delmarva Peninsula the Osprey, which migrated south for the winter, returns just shortly before the first day of Spring. Often around St Patrick’s Day. The Canada Goose which arrives on the Peninsula in the winter have already migrated North.
Spring is the time for rebirth and farmers will begin sowing their crops and spring flowers beginning to push themselves out of the ground.
The old saying is that March comes in like a Lion and leaves like a Lamb. It’s around the Spring Equinox that the transition from Lion to lamb begins. Although in many places in the US March was more pleasant than on the Spring Equinox.
Wishing everyone a very “Happy Spring”.