Bidding a Warm Welcome to the Vernal Equinox
Happy Spring everyone. Winter officially ended at 6:29 a.m. EDT this morning. All things being Equal ( I manage to say these words at least once every vernal and autumnal equinox! 😮 ) I was so ready for winter to end. Even though it has been a mild winter here in Florida, it chose to end with some of our coolest temperatures all season last week. Here in the deep south we get just a little cranky when we have to pull the jackets and socks back out when we’ve already accustomed ourselves to our shorts and flip-flops. The pool was looking so inviting just the weekend before after a sweaty morning working in the yard. I came so close to taking the plunge. That first swim has been put on delay now while we wait for the water to warm back up.
In honor of this, one of the two days when light and dark come nearest to being equal, I went to the Old Farmer’s Almanac website and did a little reading.
The native Americans called the full moon in March (March 12th this year) the Full Worm Moon!
The highest, most dramatic, moon of 2017 can be witnessed from March 4 through the 6th just at nightfall in the sky above Orion.
Spring arrived on March 21st for most of the 21st Century, but it gets gradually earlier as the 400-year Gregorian calendar cycle progresses. In a few decades it will fall mostly on the 19th.
The Equinox is the best day to mark east and west no matter what your location (except for the North and South Poles) because every place on earth rotates perpendicularly into our planet’s day-night shadow line. The Sun will rise at due east and set at true west.
Thanks Farmer’s Almanac. It’s always fun to learn something new.
Until next time…