Last day of winter
Posted by Phil Ferro
Last day of winter feeling more like summer
Winds will shift out of the South on Tuesday dragging in plenty of tropical heat. Expect highs in the mid 80's (typical is 80°) under partly cloudy skies. There is also a chance for showers.
Springs begins: Wednesday at 7:02 A.M. EDT
The first day of Spring is in 2013 on March 20 (according to the astronomical definition). It is also called the spring quinox. Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. The followiing is from Almanac.com.
The specific definition of the exact timing of "spring" varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox or the first day of spring, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.
In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name. Snow, if a normal part of winter, begins to melt, and streams swell with runoff. Frosts, if a normal part of winter, become less severe.