First Day Of Spring: Temperatures Set Record HighsBy: Amanda Crum - March 20, 2012
Today marks the first day of spring, as well as the vernal equinox, which occurs when the sun shines directly on the equator and periods of night and day are nearly equal. People all around the country are enjoying the warmer weather and longer days and are taking to the outdoors sooner than they did last year as temperatures soar into record highs for several states.
While the sunshine is lovely for those who had rough winters, it’s a bit of a worry for some states where the winter months were particularly mild this year. If the warm weather suddenly breaks–as it’s well known to do here in Kentucky, especially–and a cold snap shows up, it could destroy all manner of trees, flowers, and crops that have already begun to bloom.
Michigan–a state usually known for harsh winters–had it pretty easy this year, and that has climatologists concerned. The recent unpredictability of Mother Nature is on the minds of all those who depend on crops for their livelihood. Besides being dependent on temperatures, farmers also look to the winter months to take care of insects that tend to destroy plants. Because the weather has been so mild, a lot of those bugs haven’t had a chance to be thinned out. But only time will tell what nature will bring to us.
“We’re at a very vulnerable stage at this point because of the mild winter and early warm-up,” Ken Nye, horticulture specialist at Michigan Farm Bureau, said. “But we could also get to May 1 and be just fine.”
Other states have already had tornados and storm damage to deal with this year; some farmers have compared the outcome to “seeing gold on the ground” after storms left their crops depleted or beyond salvage.
It’s clear that each section of the country is dealing with their own weather anomalies, as evidenced on Twitter today:
Happy first day of spring? I feel lied to. It’s freaking cold, there are no chirping birds and my flowers aren’t blooming!
Calendar: “It’s the first day of Spring!”
Weather: “it’s the 54th day of Spring!”
Happy equinox! Today’s the official first day of spring. Anyone else feel like we cheated winter a bit, since spring sprung last month?
It’s the first day of spring but I honestly felt like winter never started .