Spring is almost here! On March 20, we don’t have to say ‘winter’ for a while here in the Chicagoland. We’ll get to put those snow shovels away and start thinking about BBQ’s and beaches! To celebrate spring, here are ten things you might not have known about the upcoming season:
- The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. It means ‘Vernal’ is Latin for spring while ‘equinox’ is Latin for ‘equal night’.
- The notion that the first day of spring is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness rarely works. There is always a time when it is exact, but experts say it usually happens prior to the vernal equinox.
- If you stand on the equator on the first day or spring, you would see the sun pass right overhead. It only happens twice a year in spring time and autumn.
- Can you really balance a raw egg on its end on the first day of spring? Yes, but experts say if you are patient enough, you can stand an egg on its end any day. But you can keep practicing that party trick!
- The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is the date of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, typically in September.
- The reason there is more daylight during the spring is the earth’s axis tilts toward the sun at this time of year.
- Another reason for more daylight? Daylight Saving Time. The United States begins saving daylight on the second Sunday in March.
- Benjamin Franklin first proposed Daylight Saving Time in 1784.
- The first spring flowers are typically daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs in this area of the country.
- Spring fever is not just a saying. Experts say the body’s physiology changes due to different diets, hormone production and temperature.
And remember, if you need service to your HVAC system to get your spring started off on the right foot, call us at 847.509.2024! We’re headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois and can be at your North Suburban home quicker than when next fall comes around again!