Mar 20, 2013

Happy Spring Everybody!

The first day of spring for 2013 has finally arrived today. It is this time of the year I so look forward to during the cold long winter months of New England. It is still a bit cold here in Boston and the heavy snowstorm yesterday sure did not help the moods, but it should not drag down anybody’s spirit today! On our last visit to Hall’s Pond, my wife and I discovered the first Snowdrops in bloom. Heron and other birds were not yet present but I am sure they sure will arrive soon. More signs of spring were evident in our driveway where Crocuses and tulips already peaked through and are ready to show off their marvelous true colors soon.

Spring is one of the four annual seasons; it is the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and springtime is often associated with rebirth, renewal and regrowth. The specific definition of the exact timing of spring varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox or the first day of spring, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses and we march towards summer. In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt towards the Sun and the length of daylight increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to spring forth, giving the season its name. Snow usually begins to melt, and streams swell with runoff. Waterfalls are crushing and at its most impressive. Frosts becomes less severe. Unstable weather conditions may often occur during spring, when on occasions warm air begins to invade from lower latitudes, while cold air is still pushing from the Polar regions. Because of the snowmelt flooding is common in and near mountainous areas during this time of year and is often accelerated by warm rains.

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