La Habra, CA, March 20, 2012 /lahabra90631.com/
It’s the firs day of Spring in La Habra and the temperature is 46 F. Who knew the day would start off so chilly?
Today, March 20, 2012, marks the official first day of Spring for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. It is one of two days during the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. Since the Winter Solstice in mid December, the days have been growing longer for everyone north of the equator including La Habra, California.
Don’t be mislead by the term, “Longer Days”. The length of the day is still 24 hours. It’s the amount of daylight hours and nighttime hours that change slightly throughout the year. There are still only 24 hours in a day.
The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year — the day with the greatest number of daylight hours and fewest nighttime hours. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year — they day with the fewest number of daylight hours and greatest nighttime hours. The Spring Equinox, marks the day when the hours of daylight and nighttime are the same.
Since last night at about 10:15pm PDT, the number of hours that the Sun brightens our days grows longer by a few minutes each day, until the next Summer Solstice, in 2012. After that, the days begin growing shorter again.
Spring Equinox, Vernal Equinox, Ostara or whatever you call it. It’s the firs day of Spring and it only happens once a year, so enjoy it!
Image Credit: Snap It Up image courtesy of Denise Stewart, Snowpeak Iris LLC. — Fine Iris from the heart of Iris country, Lebanon, Oregon