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IN THE FIELD: SPRING IS HERE?

March 22, 2018 11 comments

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The official Spring Equinox for this year 2018 occurred on March 20 at 12:15 pm Eastern time. On that particular day it did not come in like a lion but more like a lamb. Around where I live it was quiet. Mostly sunny but still cool. Temps where in the low 40’s with some puffy clouds floating above. The puffy clouds were just a pre-curser to what would follow later that day.

Following the puffy clouds was a storm front coming in from the west. As the day progressed, it became more overcast and the temperature began to head towards the freezing mark. Not much happened in the daylight hours, but during the wee hours of the night, a few snow flurries made an appearance. Just before what would normally be sunup, the snow began to fly. And boy o’ boy did it fly. The snow came down from the sky for the better part of 18 hours! The storm was one of four nor’easters to unleash their fury in the month of March this year. The snowfall totals in my area were anywhere from 10-13.5 inches.

I recently read a profound quote which seems to say it all.

The first day of spring is one thing,

and the first spring day is another.

The difference between them is

sometimes as great as a month.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

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