First Day Of Spring 2017 Is Officially Here; What Is The Vernal Equinox?

By Marguerite Chang - 20 Mar '17 05:30AM

Spring is officially here and everybody's preparing for the new season as the snow slowly melts to welcome the first bloom of spring. Monday, March 20, 2017, is the official first day of Spring. Others call Spring as the Vernal Equinox.

What is a Vernal Equinox? The Equinox is divided into two words from the Latin language - equal "aequus" and night "nox. The Vernal Equinox signals the beginning of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere.

Imagine the equator, the imaginary line that divides the northern and southern hemispheres. Today, in the northern part of the equator is the beginning of spring. For those living below the equator, the southern hemisphere, they are beginning of fall.

As today marks the official first day of Spring, it does not automatically mean that everything will be warm and balmy. As it is still the first day, it will still be cold, but warm weather will be ushered in slowly in the coming days. This is especially true for the people living in the U.S.A and Canada. There will still be cold weather but it will get warm soon.

By 6:28 am, the sun will be positioned directly above the equator for the people living in the Northern Hemisphere and this is time is the "official" start of the Vernal Equinox or Spring. Although the Climate Prediction Center has sad that the warm weather will be here sometime April until June.

Forecasts say that it will be a bit warmer on Wednesday in some areas of Connecticut and it may reach up to 50 degrees but this does not long. Come Thursday, the temperature will drop and some may even have single digit temperatures. The weather in some areas may still be cold but rest assured that it will get warming as the days go by as Spring is officially here.

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