Vernal Equinox 2020

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Well, Spring has finally sprung and not a moment too soon. I’m sitting in my Adirondack chair, with my bare feet on the ground, watching the sunset through the limbs of my Hackberry tree. Yes, I have short feet. Shut up. (All photos are my personal collection. ©)

Grounding Image One
Grounding with Mother Earth on the Vernal Equinox

According to the Farmers’ Almanac 1818, this is the earliest First Day of Spring in 124 years. Yahoo! Maybe some warm, beautiful weather will offset the corona beer virus and this needless, manufactured hysteria that has appeared with it.

Japanese Maple Image Two
Japanese Maple waking up.
Hackberry in the background.

I did a Vernal Equinox post last year when it coincided with the Full Worm Moon. In our area, it was as high as 80° and I was out in it. My buddy Ray had some errands to run so, off we went to the county north of us. Once the errands were completed, we headed to downtown Roxboro for lunch & a minor visit to their museum (pictures coming tomorrow).

Museum Flagpole Image Three
Lunch at the museum with a view of the flag.

From Farmers’ Almanac 1818:

[Spring] will occur at 11:50 p.m. EDT for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere […]. Traditionally, we celebrate the first day of spring on March 21 but, astronomers and calendar manufacturers, alike, now say that the spring season starts on March 20th, in all time zones in North America. And, in 2020, it’s even a day earlier than that…something that hasn’t happened since 1896.

Narcissus Image Four
Happy Narcissus in my side yard.

There are a few reasons why seasonal dates can vary from year to year. The first is that a year is not an even number of days and neither are the seasons. Another reason is that the earth’s elliptical orbit is changing its orientation (skew), which causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction, called precession. Since the seasons are defined as beginning at strict 90-degree intervals, these positional changes affect the time the earth reaches each 90-degree location in its orbit around the sun. The pull of gravity from the other planets also affects the location of the earth in its orbit.

Cheers! ~Vic

Additional Interesting Reading:
First Day of Spring (The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792)

20 thoughts on “Vernal Equinox 2020

    bayphotosbydonna said:
    March 20, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    How interesting! Love your flying flag capture, Vic! I have little feet too. 🙂

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 20, 2020 at 1:14 PM

      Thank you, Donna! I couldn’t pass that up.

      SIGH. I’m 5′ 9″ and my shoe size should be around a nine or ten. Oh, no… I was gifted with a 7 1/2 left foot and an eight right foot. I have FUN looking for shoes. *facepalm*

      HUGS 🤗

    Dayphoto said:
    March 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Very interesting! I enjoyed the read…AND SPRING! Although, it feels like winter here…true spring isn’t far away now!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 20, 2020 at 10:17 PM

      I hope you get warm weather, soon.

        Dayphoto said:
        March 21, 2020 at 11:01 AM

        ME TOO!

    badfinger20 said:
    March 20, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    I’m so glad to see spring come…get warm and lets get this crap gone. It’s raining her…The only thing I don’t like is the sinuses I have because of allergies.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 20, 2020 at 11:38 PM

      So. Am. I. And, I have enjoyed the hell out of it. Bopped around in it, yesterday and bopped around in it, today. I walked uptown with Ray to get dinner, tonight. Bless the hearts of these restaurant owners. They are trying to work.

      I agree. This crap needs to end. But, I have a feeling that this is only the beginning. I’ve already sent you the YouTube link.

      I have a slight allergy to Ollie. My nose itches a bit most days and it runs sometimes. It’s only mildly annoying. I love him too much.

        badfinger20 said:
        March 21, 2020 at 12:14 AM

        My sinuses have been going wild. Dry and itchy throat…and constant sinuses running for two weeks.

        Yea Restaurants are in trouble right now. Some chains may not come back from this. O’Charleys I would bet never comes back. They were in trouble to begin with.

        Yea it’s only just beginning right now. We have a ways to go. My best guess would be May or June we will start to see progress.

        Sounds like you had a great day.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          March 21, 2020 at 1:36 AM

          Ah, yes. Pollen time. My gray truck has a yellow tint.

          I’ve never been to an O’Charleys.

          Yesterday and today (or, yesterday and two days, ago…LOL) was grand. Beautiful weather. Windows down. I felt so sorry for the small businesses in Roxboro SO wanting customers. We bought lunch from a small cafe and I picked up some items from a craft store. They were overjoyed to see us.

            badfinger20 said:
            March 21, 2020 at 2:38 AM

            It’s a an upscale chain with pretty decent food.

            We have had rain, rain..oh and more rain. Oh…FF is almost here…

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              March 21, 2020 at 3:48 AM

              FF?

                badfinger20 said:
                March 21, 2020 at 11:23 AM

                lol…firefly

                  The Hinoeuma responded:
                  March 21, 2020 at 3:30 PM

                  Ah. OK. LOL! It was late…or early…

                    badfinger20 said:
                    March 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM

                    Both! I feel asleep….woke up at 4 and went to bed.

                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      March 21, 2020 at 3:48 PM

                      Heh. I went to bed at 4.

                      badfinger20 said:
                      March 21, 2020 at 4:17 PM

                      Yep…we are night owls…or morning owls

                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      March 21, 2020 at 8:43 PM

                      I was thinking full on zombies. But, I do love an owl.

                      badfinger20 said:
                      March 22, 2020 at 12:01 AM

                      Another email

                      The Hinoeuma responded:
                      March 22, 2020 at 1:25 AM

                      LOL! I’m in…

                      badfinger20 said:
                      March 22, 2020 at 2:05 AM

                      another one lol

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