March is the month when the spring season officially begins. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. EDT Monday, March 20, 2017.
It’s a time when the sun is directly over the equator, heralding the spring or vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Today is only one of two days when night and day are almost equal lengths. The second day being the autumn equinox. Get outside and enjoy!
In the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the first day of autumn. The four seasons are determined by shifting sunlight, which is determined by how planet Earth orbits the Sun and the tilt of Earth’s axis.
Day by day the sun in moving higher up into the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. The duration of daylight increases about eighty-seven minutes from March 1 to March 31. All living things respond to increased daylight, which means hibernation and the cold dormancy of winter is over. Life begins to stir and get active.
Spring means different things to different people. For me, it signals warmer weather on the way and even greater opportunities to be in touch with nature. To spend even more time outside to witness nature and all the seasonal delights around New York Harbor. Welcome spring!