10 Facts About Spring
Spring is the season between winter and summer. It’s a reason for celebration in the northern hemisphere. Growing things start to wake up as the temperatures start to rise. Animals begin to have their babies, lambs, chicks, and bunnies and baby hedgehogs are born. People put away their heavy coats and boots because it is too hot for them. The temperature gets warmer and warmer until summer comes.
Spring is when deciduous trees leaf out, animals migrate or prepare for winter, birds return from Africa or South America, flowers bloom, old plants die back (or are cut down) to make room for new growth. During this time of preparation, people transition from winter to summer activities, such as cleaning, organizing and repairing. People start to forget about winter and prepare for the Summer.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring comes when the Vernal Equinox (March 20/21 in 2007) or on the first day of spring (usually March 21). The Winter Solstice is usually December 21. Summer begins in June or July. In the Southern Hemisphere these dates are reversed. Spring is also seen as a time of beginnings in many cultures. It’s a time of new life and it marks a beginning for farmers and gardeners who plant their crops for harvest later in summer or fall. Spring starts the season of growth and is the time when many plants that have been dormant for winter begin to grow again. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The time between winter solstice and vernal equinox is also seen as a period of new beginnings, since it is a time of preparation for spring planting. In North American folklore, Groundhog’s Day is held on February 2. On this day, a groundhog emerges from his burrow to check if his shadow (groundhogs are nocturnal) will tell him if he can expect six more weeks of winter or not.
Spring is the time of year when trees and plants awaken from their winter sleep with bright green leaves bursting forth. In temperate regions, warming temperatures causes rivers to break free of their ice, butterflies come out, and the air is filled with fresh scents. Everywhere there is a sense of renewal.
Spring is a period when people are active once again in gardens and lawns after months of sitting around waiting for spring to come. Many gardeners place their plants in the ground or pots at this time. Many people also spend more time outside on picnics or visit gardens because it’s warmer outside than in winter months (colder weather comes during fall).
Spring days are longer
We will see the sun in the morning when we get up. At this time we will see that it is dark outside still.
The days grow longer in spring because the Earth’s axis is tilted 21 degrees, we go into a part of the year when there is more sunlight and less darkness. It was on January fifteenth that the Sun reached its most southerly position on its path of travel across the sky, and now it is moving northwards again.
In Spring weather is warmer
Spring weather is warmer than winter weather. This is because the sunlight warms the Earth. Each day more sunlight hits the Earth than at any other time of year. The sun’s rays are reflected by land, water, and snow. Therefore, during Spring there is more heat on Earth than at any other time of year.
In Spring weather is warmer than winter weather. This is because there is more heat on Earth than at any other time of year. During spring there is more sunlight, and in winter there isn’t as much sun hitting the Earth because it’s tilted away from the sun.
After months of winter, the vernal equinox will mark the beginning of spring
The spring equinox occurs at 10:15 am (16:15 UT) on March 20, 2013, in Sydney, Australia. The equinox marks the date and time when the Sun crosses the celestial equator – which is an imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s equator.
The vernal (spring) equinox marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. This is generally considered to be the first day of spring, with summer officially starting on June 21 or 22, depending on daylight-saving time.
The word ‘equinox’ comes from Latin words meaning equal night. Although day and night on the equinox are of equal length, this occurs at different times depending on your location.
On the equinoxes day and night are of equal length everywhere around the world
In Sydney, Australia, the first day of spring officially arrives at 10:15 am (16:15 UT) with the Sun directly above our equator. Although it is broad daylight at this time, it remains officially spring until June 21 or 22. This is because many people use daylight-saving time (DST), which begins in Australia on September 1 and ends on April 30. Under these rules, summer begins on April 1 and ends on September 30.
According to a study, babies born in the spring are more likely to develop schizophrenia
A research found that babies born in the spring are more likely to develop schizophrenia. Researchers used a large population dataset from 1973 to 2009 of people born in Denmark. They excluded people with mental health problems at age one or before, who were adopted, or whose mothers had been diagnosed with mental illness.
In all, 79 cases of schizophrenia were found among the 2.9 million babies born during the study period. The overall incidence rate was 3.3 per 100 000 persons per year and higher than expected by chance alone (that is, it was statistically significant).
The incidence rate was highest in March (4 per 100 000), and lowest in July (2 per 100 000).
Before Spring took the name of its season, it was called Lent
Before Spring took the name of its season, it was called Lent. That would be during the Old English era. Lent was an English word for the season of Spring.
Lent was a traditional time for fasting and self-denial. This was when Lent originated, and it was also the time of year when animals were ready to be slaughtered for food – a full six months before autumn would provide other opportunities for slaughtering.
Spring’s season name change from Lent to Spring came in the 15th century. At that time, feasts and festivals were associated with certain seasons as a way of marking the passage of time in a people’s lives.
In the spring season, plants grow
In spring, many tropical regions experience a period of increased rainfall, which causes an abundance of freshwater to enter rivers and lakes. The freshwater brings nutrients which causes algae to grow in the lakes at a faster rate than normal. Leaves on land start to grow again as days become longer and the temperature is warmer. In some areas, local people plant seeds outside their homes because they know spring will come soon.
Thorny shrubs have white flowers in spring These flowers attract many animals such as bees and butterflies which are important for increasing the number of seeds in the environment. The flowers are also very important for producing food for small animals such as birds which will eat insects that escape from the plants after pollination occurs. In spring, many animals migrate to warmer places with a lot of food and water.
Spring is the season when plants grow faster because of longer days and warmer temperatures. Trees start to blossom, meaning flowers begin to bloom on the branches. Animals such as bears wake up from hibernating all winter. Birds fly south again, and this time they stay away until winter. Trees lose their leaves because other parts of the tree are growing more important such as leaves, branches or flowers. Some trees lose their leaves in autumn when temperature is low and they will not grow back until next spring.
As the first spring flowers, lilies, irises, daffodils, and tulips typically arrive in early spring
These flowers are called spring ephemerals because they are short-lived and fragile and disappear with increased plant growth in the summer. Spring ephemeral plants have tubers, bulbs, rhizomes, or corms for storing food during the winter. They typically grow leaves early in spring after a period of cold weather.
The first spring flower in Maine is the Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense). This beautiful plant is a perennial, and it grows from a corm that is not visible to the naked eye. It has unbranched stems with alternate leaves that are divided into 3-7 leaflets.
The first day of spring marks the beginning of a holiday called Nowruz
Nowruz is the first day of the first month in the Iranian calendar and marks the beginning of spring. The origins of Nowruz date back to Zoroastrian times when it was a celebration to welcome the coming of spring. In addition to Nowruz being a time for families to gather together, it is also a time for family gatherings among friends and neighbors, as well as a time for exchanging wishes and gifts. It is also customary for young girls (and in some cases boys) to dress up in their finest clothing and participate in parades or “sardor” in which they dance in front of their elders.
For the Japanese, the cherry blossom signals the start of spring
Cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.
Therefore, the Japanese have celebrated the cherry blossom season — “hanami”– since ancient times. “Hana” in Japanese is not just the word for flower; it also means “nose.” In other words, the cherry blossom season is a time when people open their noses to the fragrance of spring.
The first cherry trees to bloom are usually those planted in parks and gardens, followed by those along roadsides. Trees planted along expressways typically bloom last because they have less direct sunlight.
“Hanami” literally means “to view flowers.” During this season, many people enjoy picnics with family and friends under a canopy of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
In 1948, there were 558 sunshine hours in the spring
The sunniest spring was recorded in 1948, which is a total of 558 sunshine hours that were logged.
The least sunshine occurred in 1963, which saw only 82 hours of sunshine. The spring of 2014 was also on the sunny side with 306 hours of sunshine.
Spring weather is characterised by relatively high pressure and the sun shines more often than in other seasons. There is a lot less variation between days. It is cool and sunny early in the morning, but in the afternoon and afternoon clouds start to form, which can cause rain showers and thunderstorms, especially near the coast. Average daily temperatures vary between 10 °C (50 °F) at night to 16 °C (60 °F) during the day.
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