March 1st-the First day of Spring!

  • Thread starter rewebster
  • Start date
  • #1
794
1

Main Question or Discussion Point

March 1st----the First day of Spring!

I've been waiting 1000's of seconds and minutes for this day!
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Evo
Mentor
23,135
2,667


I've been waiting 1000's of seconds and minutes for this day!
The first day of spring this year is March 20th.

http://www.abcactionnews.com/content/news/local/story/First-day-of-Spring-Daylight-Saving-Time-just/2y5PX1Xru0Wj1fpQQgdf0w.cspx [Broken]
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #3
russ_watters
Mentor
19,599
5,872


Where is March 1st the first day of spring?
 
  • #4
OmCheeto
Gold Member
2,121
2,538


Where is March 1st the first day of spring?
My Armenian friend who moved to Moscow and then here says that in Russia it is. Though he may have misinterpreted the meaning. Then again, I may have misinterpreted his meaning. I will double check with Vlad and his wife in the morning.

Yes vochinch chigitem.
Ya niechevo nie znaio.

hmmm.... Yes, the languages seem a bit different. There may have been a language barrier kind of thing going on.
 
  • #5
19
1


My Armenian friend who moved to Moscow and then here says that in Russia it is. Though he may have misinterpreted the meaning. Then again, I may have misinterpreted his meaning. I will double check with Vlad and his wife in the morning.

Yes vochinch chigitem.
Ya niechevo nie znaio.

hmmm.... Yes, the languages seem a bit different. There may have been a language barrier kind of thing going on.
Has he seemed kind of angry as of late?

Just wondering. . .
 
  • #6
4,465
72


Technically the spring starts on http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php [Broken] when the Sun crosses directly over the Earth's equator (Vernal equinox).

However meteorologists are stubbornly using still the Societas Meteorologica Palatina, which decided (in 1780) to consider each seasons to be starting on the first day of the month. Hence the first of March.

My roses agreed with that. I had to prune them yesterday
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #7
907
2


The American way of counting seasons is mismatched with nature.

From the astronomical point of view, it's most logical to place the beginning of spring halfway between Yule and the Vernal Equinox, and to place the end of spring halfway between the Vernal Equinox and Midsummer. That would place the first day of spring somewhere around February 7th.

However, Earth's climate is slightly shifted with respect to astronomical seasons. The Russian way (and the Societas Meteorologica Palatina way) is to place the beginning of spring on March 1st, which is less correct astronomically, but more correct meteorologically.
 
  • #8
Borek
Mentor
28,409
2,810


They say Xynthia visit will end spring for now here. Temperature already dropped and forecast says we may expect snow later today.
 
  • #9
Chi Meson
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
1,789
10


But the groundhog said...well, implied, that winter would go on until March 15?

Whom to believe?
 
  • #10
18,145
7,654


hmmm still plenty of snow here :(
 
  • #11
turbo
Gold Member
3,077
45


OK, I just walked the dog again, and by 10am the temperature was 40 degrees and climbing in a bright sunny day. I'm not claiming Spring just yet, though, because some of our biggest storms traditionally come in March. Two years ago in March, if you looked over at our house from the road you could see the eaves, roof and chimney.
 
  • #12
Evo
Mentor
23,135
2,667


Spring is still a long way off, although the morning temps are 20F higher, last week every morning was around 9F, today was 29F, for you celcius people that's -12.7 & 1.6, respectively. And we still have patches of snow on the ground, I moved here in 1993 and I've never seen snow stay this long.

It's so unusual that complete strangers have turned to me in the store and said that they can't take the unusual cold any longer. I guess I must have that look about me that compels people to discuss the weather.
 
  • #13
794
1


The first day of spring this year is March 20th.

[B][PLAIN]http://www.abcactionnews.com/content/news/local/story/First-day-of-Spring-Daylight-Saving-Time-just/2y5PX1Xru0Wj1fpQQgdf0w.cspx[/B][/URL][/QUOTE] [Broken]

"The time shift also means potential crankiness..."

oh, oh

:uhh:
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #14
19
1


Last march, we had 2 feet of snow in 2 days, then 4 inches of rain over 2 days, and then another foot of snow.

What a wonderful month to have a birthday in! hahaha
 
  • #15
794
1


since the earthquake in Chile shifted the earth's axis 3 inches,

the other first day of spring (3/20) will come either a little sooner or later than the expected time

--but is it earlier or later?
 
  • #16
turbo
Gold Member
3,077
45


We have been unseasonably warm for over a month now, and heavy rains have practically halted all wood-harvesting. Trucking logs is now forbidden on all but the most heavily-built roads because the road-beds are soft and prone to frost-heaves and buckling. Still the Western mountains have been getting snow instead of rain. Here is a shot of the Sugarloaf ski resort taken from the hill that I live on. While we were getting drenched last week, they picked up about 70" of new snow. Wardens and other rescue personnel had to search the mountain Monday to find a group of snowboarders that stupidly left the marked trails in white-out conditions to 'board the fresh powder. They spent the night outside, but thanks to the mild temperatures, suffered only a bit of hypothermia.

sugarloaf3-2.jpg
 
  • #17
OmCheeto
Gold Member
2,121
2,538


Has he seemed kind of angry as of late?

Just wondering. . .
He was when I relayed the fact that he might have been confused.

He was not confused. The entire USSR recognized March 1st as the first day of Spring.

And he said he does not know who this "Vlad the Impaler" is/was.
 
  • #18
19
1


Oh, you see the last person I heard of named Vlad was a pretty impaling guy if you know what I mean.
 
  • #19
OmCheeto
Gold Member
2,121
2,538


Oh, you see the last person I heard of named Vlad was a pretty impaling guy if you know what I mean.
Vlad's wife confirmed the March 1 day of Spring in Russia. She's a native of Moscow.

She said she would check with her fellow Europeans at work to find out who observes what where and when.
 
  • #20
Evo
Mentor
23,135
2,667


It's spring! The Cadbury's egg commercials are on.
 
  • #21
4,465
72


That's now I think

Happy spring everybody.

Technically the spring starts on http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php when the Sun crosses directly over the Earth's equator (Vernal equinox).

However meteorologists are stubbornly using still the Societas Meteorologica Palatina, which decided (in 1780) to consider each seasons to be starting on the first day of the month. Hence the first of March.

My roses agreed with that. I had to prune them yesterday
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #22
1,134
9


Happy Vernal equinox everyone! Life is good, and summer is closer!
 
  • #23
19
1


And the gorsh darn moon is ruining my stars!
 
  • #24
turbo
Gold Member
3,077
45


It surely is spring. My garlic has sprouted and is peeking through the straw mulch.
 
  • #25
Borek
Mentor
28,409
2,810


17 deg C (around 60 deg F) today here. Some snow still didn't melt, but only stacked and in shaded areas.

However, when we were ready to say we are happy with the weather it started to rain :grumpy:
 

Related Threads on March 1st-the First day of Spring!

  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
2K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
30
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
15
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
20
Views
4K
Replies
17
Views
3K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
41
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
4K
  • Last Post
5
Replies
106
Views
29K
  • Last Post
Replies
18
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
21
Views
3K
Top