Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 1st - meteorological spring!

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
                                  -Hal Borland

Happy Meteorological Spring, March 1st!!! According to some meteorologists, the start of spring is categorized by the start of the warmer weather, which is March 1st, or Meteorological Spring.

In the northern hemisphere, vernal spring starts on March 20th. This is determined by sunlight not heat, according to the Farmers Almanac.

Living in south Florida for part of the year, its hard to tell what season it is.  The month of February in south Florida feels like the end of August in Maine.  Bountiful sun, virtual no rain, and daily temperatures above 80 degrees ( +27c) creates and endless summer feeling.

However, back home in Maine, its been a different story. With snowdrifts, constant snow storms and icy roads, spring is a sure sign of better things to come.

According to wikipedia, "The Roman calendar began the year and the spring season on the first of March, with each season occupying three months. In 1780 the Societas Meteorologica Palatina, an early international organization for meteorology, defined seasons as groupings of three whole months. Ever since, professional meteorologists all over the world have used this definition".

March 1st in South Florida is also the start of sea turtle hatching season. Starting in March continuing to October, sea turtles hatch and are attracted to bright sunlight. the city of Fort Lauderdale covers street lights so the baby sea turtles will not wander inland and be run over or eaten by other animals.

The start of spring also signals that our time is limited in south Florida, and that like migrating birds, we too will be heading north by the end of the month!
Ogunquit Beach Inn innkeeper, blogger, running enthusiast Greg after a run on March 1st

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