Week of March 15-19, 2021
This week on Saturday, March 20 the Northern Hemisphere will celebrate the March Equinox, the astronomical first day of spring when the sun crosses the equator line, heading north in the sky! After Saturday, the Northern Hemisphere will begin to tilt towards the sun, which means more daylight hours and warming temperatures.
So if it’s warm in the Northern Hemisphere can you guess what’s happening in the Southern Hemisphere?
That’s right! It’s the opposite: the March Equinox marks the beginning of autumn because the Southern Hemisphere starts to tilt away from the Sun.
While most follow the astronomical March 20 as the “official” first day of spring, meteorologists will disagree and say that spring begins on March 1. This allows them to observe seasons over different time periods, which over the course of the year, all begin on the first of March, June, September, and December.
Of course, there are other ways to determine the beginning of spring. Some choose to follow the shadow (or not) of a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, others know when pitchers and catchers report to Major League Baseball Spring Training… But everyone knows it’s spring when you start to learn and rehearse your dance routines for your year-end dance recitals!