By Montana Grant

Posted: March 2, 2023

Many of us are ready for Spring. The warmer weather, flowers, leafed trees, and longer days appeal to many outdoor enthusiasts. Skiers may want snow year around, but even Icemen are ready to fish wet water after a long-frozen Winter.

Currently, our days are shorter than our nights, during a 24-hour cycle. The March Equinox means the arrival of the Vernal Equinox, at the First point of Aries. If this is all Greek to you, then you would be correct.

The Greek translations mean, Vernal– new or fresh, Equinox– equal night. It is when the Vernal equinox occurs that there is an equal daytime and nighttime.

This year, Spring will begin on March 20th, and last 92 days and 17 hours. Spring has changed each year. 124 years ago, Spring fell on March 19th. Astronomers and scientists have discovered that the Earth’s position, relative to the Sun, changes.

Our colder and warmer seasons are measured by where the Sun hits on the tilted Earth as it revolves around the Sun. The Tropic of Cancer is the most north that, the Suns direct rays, hit the Earth. The Tropic of Capricorn is the southernmost latitude. The Equator is the latitude around the center of the Earth. These two Tropical lines are each 23.5 north or south. The cycle repeats annually.

Global Warming could be happening not because of humans but because the Earth is orbiting 3.1 million miles closer to the Sun. The Sun is also in the last year of a hotter 11-year cycle. Solar flares and temperatures have increased over the last decade.

Due to these changes, the warmer seasons have grown longer, and the cooler seasons are shortening. Summer lasts 93.641 days, Fall lasts 89.834 days, Winter lasts 88.994 days, and Spring will last 92.771 days. Naturally, this means more heat and less cold which would melt glaciers, raise water levels, and change the atmosphere, climates, and weather.

AS much as some people want to blame everything on human pollution, Nature is driving the global changes.

Our Elliptical orbit around the Sun ultimately is about the Perihelion and Aphelion, or the closest and furthest from the Sun, the Earth is. The closer we are to the Sun, the faster the Earth travels compared to the slower speed, when the Earth is the furthest.

If this is all just too confusing, let’s just hope that the Sun warms things up on March 20th so we can fish in moving water again.

Think Spring!

Montana Grant

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