First Day of Spring Feels Like Summer

Vernal equinox makes its earliest arrival since 1896 – which might be the same for our spring flowers, too. Forecast calls for 80s today and tomorrow.

If it seems like spring has sprung early this year, it has – the earliest since 1896.

The vernal equinox — the first day of spring – officially arrived in Berkley and Huntington Woods at 1:14 a.m. today, according to an msnbc.com report, bringing with it a forecast for temps in the low 80s today and 83 degrees Wednesday. Not your typical Michigan spring. Normally, temperatures reach only the upper 40s this time of year.

Why so early this year? The March equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. And that varies from year to year.

In any case, we've been enjoying spring for several weeks and so have our crocuses, daffodils and tulips, which have not only poked out their heads early but fully blossomed in many cases – weeks ahead of schedule.

What will you do?

So, what will you do today to celebrate the first day of spring and this lovely weather? Play hooky? Eat lunch outside? Play golf? Take the kids to the park?

Share your flower and fun photos

If you take some photos, we hope you'll share them in our Neighborhood Gallery or on this story.

Beth Reeber Valone March 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
What another lovely day today. Is anyone worried about one last gasp of winter?


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