Spring is Coming with the March Equinox

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Spring is finally coming on March 19 or March 20 depending on the time zones.

An equinox is when the Northern and Southern Hemispheres receive equally rays of sunlight, and night and day are approximately equal in length. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), as stated in timeanddate.com.

The March Equinox in Anaheim, California, USA is on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), as stated in timeanddate.com.

“The March equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north… this equinox arrives on March 20 at 4:30 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), or on March 19 at 11:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time,” earthsky.org stated.

Astronomically speaking, the equinox is the Northern Hemisphere’s beginning of spring and the Southern Hemisphere’s start of fall. During the equinox, the Sun is above the equator while following its path north. “The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, even if our clock times reflect a different time zone,” stated almanac.com.

“Meteorologically speaking, however, in the Northern Hemisphere the official spring season always begins on March 1 and continues through May 31,” stated almanac.com.