Winter Ends Today Spring Begins Tomorrow

Today is the last day of winter 2017-2018, but many places in the world still show majestic blankets of snow.  And that is because the traditional start of spring is governed primarily by hours of daylight, not the weather. And the traditional start of spring is, essentially, Groundhog Day, even back in history before that furry prognosticator’s tradition was coined.

Although it is hard to feel like spring has begun in some sub-zero temperatures places, the length of day drives a change in weather, and together both drive plants to come out of dormancy.

In southern California From January 1 to January 31 the sun rose a little earlier each day, rising about 8 minutes earlier at the end of the month than at the beginning. From February 1 to February 28, the sun rose about 37 minutes earlier. In March, from start of month to end, the sun will rise an extra 40 minutes earlier.

March 20, the Mid-Spring Equinox, marks the point at which the lengthening days have finally caught up with the waning darkness, and daylight and nighttime are of equal length.

The daffodil (narcissus bublocodum) is the traditional flower of hope and spring as it drives up through the snow in response to lengthening days of February and March.




  1. lindasschaub says:

    Beautiful Finland picture of the snow, and that sun ray coming through is stupendous. As to the snowdrops, a house on the next street over has snowdrops planted around a big tree. I’ve watched them on my daily walks, and we’ve had several pelting rains, and several snowfalls, some freezing rain, and they still look as perky as ever. They are more resilient than me who has despaired by all the Winter and feels weatherbeaten, and looks like a drowned rat after a heavy rain. 🙂

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    1. Dra Martha Andrea Castro Noriega, MD WMA FACS says:

      Nature is full of wonders and is resilient. Seeds last and know when the spring is here to stay, they start to sprout, birds come.
      I love your comment, well, more than a comment is a beautiful poem.

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        Thank you so much and yes Spring is a wonderment – everything is so blah and boring looking right now … another month, everything comes alive again. Nature is a miracle indeed. (I do not think the people on the U.S. east coast think much of Mother Nature as they will endure their fourth nor’easter in three weeks and another foot of snow for many of them.

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