Spring is a season that brings a sense of renewal and growth after a long, cold winter. The flowers bloom, the birds chirp, and the sun shines a little brighter. While most people only think of the basics of spring, there are many more fascinating facts we’re dying to share.
So, let your knowledge blossom and learn some intriguing facts that are sure to make you appreciate this beautiful time of the year even more.
1 The Start of Spring is Flexible
Most people assume that the first day of spring always falls on March 20th or 21st, but sometimes it falls on the 19th or even the 22nd. The first day of spring is determined by the vernal equinox, which is the moment when the Sun is directly above the equator.
There are several things that can affect when the equinox happens. The main thing is the Earth’s elliptical orbit meaning that sometimes our planet is closer to the Sun.
When the Earth is closer to the Sun, it moves faster in its orbit, and when it’s further away, it moves slower, which affects the exact moment when the Sun is directly above the equator.
The gravitational pull of the Moon and other planets can also cause slight variations in the Earth’s orbit, which can affect the timing of the equinox. But even with these variations, spring always falls close to the 20th.
2 April Showers Might Not Bring May Flowers
We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but spring rains can be much more intense than just a light drizzle. Some areas experience a monsoon season, where heavy rainfall and thunderstorms occur almost daily for several weeks.
In areas where warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, these weather patterns creates intense thunderstorms and flash flooding. In the US, warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with the cool dry air from the north, creating powerful midwestern storms.
If you live in an area prone to monsoon season, make sure you’re prepared with plenty of rain gear and a sturdy umbrella!
3 Trees Become Pollen Bombs
If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from allergies, you know all too well the misery that spring can bring. Some trees can actually “explode” with pollen during the spring months.
It’s true! Trees like oak, birch, and maple produce so much pollen that they can actually send clouds of pollen into the air.
These pollen explosions are honestly an allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare, so make sure you stock up on allergy medication and keep your windows closed this spring!