Is It Spring Yet?
So long, ice scrapers, shovels, scarves, mittens, hats, sniffles, stomach flu and severe weather reports. The first day of spring officially begins on March 20th at 12:57 p.m.
There may still be snow on the ground but let’s put forth a sunny outlook as we welcome spring with some fun facts:
- Spring fever is a real syndrome. When the temperature rises during the warm spell after a long winter, there is a dilation of the blood vessels so blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. People experience an energetic feeling when this happens.
- Benjamin Franklin was the first to propose daylight savings time in 1784. It wasn't fully implemented until the end of the Second World War
- The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. What does that stand for you ask? ‘Vernal’ is Latin for spring while ‘equinox’ is Latin for ‘equal night’.
- The first spring flowers are typically daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs to name a few.
- Baby birds learn to sing during spring. Although they are born with the ability to sing, they must learn the specific songs of their species. They often learn their songs within two months of being born.
- Arizona and Hawaii do not follow daylight savings. They already have enough sunlight and hot weather, so it doesn't make sense to confuse the sleeping cycle of their residents.
- Daylight Savings Time begins March 8th – spring ahead!
- March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day
- March 20th is also National Ravioli Day!
- The birthstone for March is the aquamarine
- The birth flower for March is daffodil
Happy Spring, everyone!