Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Vernal Equinox

Coots searching for warmer weather.
So, happy vernal equinox, or spring if you like.  What marks the arrival of spring is the vernal equinox, when the north-south axis of the earth neither leans toward nor away from the sun, thus day and night are equal in duration.  It also marks the time when we in the Northern Hemisphere see the most rapid lengthening of the period of daylight, at a daily rate of 2 min. 37 sec. per day (at our latitude).  The days will continue to lengthen until the summer solstice, but at a slower rate.
For those of us who yearn to have a paddle in our hands, more than anything else, it calls us toward the beginning of another great season of time on the water.  Unfortunately, while the calendar knows it's spring, the weather doesn't.  We're looking at a drastic drop in temperatures and the chance of rain and snow clear through the weekend.  But then........

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