Your First Day of Spring Facts
Since Spring is finally here on March 20, we thought you'd like to be fully-loaded with facts and figures. Now you can amaze family and friends like never before!
The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) begins at 11:15 P.M. CDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Did you know the Spring equinox always occurs on either March 20 or 21. For the next two years, spring begins on Wednesday, March 20 in 2019 and in 2020 it's Friday, March 20.
Ever wonder what the term equinox means? The word equinox comes from Latin words which literally means “equal night”, i.e., aequus (equal) and nox (night). The length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world on the equinox. For many the equinox means being able to enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.
After the Spring equinox, the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun, which is why we start to get longer, sunnier days.
So enjoy the longer days of sunshine and welcome to Spring!