Today, March 1, is the first day of spring. Many will deny this, claiming that the first day of spring is somewhere in the 20’s of the month. That’s fine if you’re into stars and constellations and such. If you care about the weather, however (and for what other reason would we anxiously anticipate the season of rebirth?) you celebrate the start of the season on the first day of March.
The fact is that March 21 is the vernal equinox, the first day of astronomical spring. But who cares about equinoxes or astronomy?!? What we (or, at least, I) care about is the weather and that means meteorological (that’s weather, folks) spring, which begins on March 1.
(See this article for a full explanation.)
*This brief post marks the debut of Blog Snax® q.v.
The problem with considering March 1 the first day of spring is that we have to consider September 1 the end of the summer!
For me, the key date is the start of Daylight Savings Time!
Point well made about DST. That’s a far more tangible and significant change than the gradual changes afforded by whichever first day of spring you favor.
The 3/1 date is merely a psychological boost so I grasp at it this time of year. I confess to ignoring this logic when considering the earlier summer end date. So sue me. 🙂