After a long winter, it’s time to think Spring!

It’s official and winter is finally almost over!

The spring, or vernal, equinox marks the start of spring today, Sunday, March 20th at precisely 11:33 EDT, 10:33 a.m. CDT, 9:33 a.m. MDT and 8:33 a.m. PDT.

Equinox means “equal night” in Latin, referring to the idea that day and night are equal lengths.  During the equinox, the sun will pass directly above the equator and bring nearly equal amounts of day and night.

Mark your calendars – coming up is the 2022 summer solstice on June 21st (longest day of the year), the autumn equinox on September 22nd and the winter solstice on December 21st (shortest day of the year).  Unlike the equinox where daylight and night hours are equal, solstices are the longest and shortest days of the year.