Hello Spring!

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Mar 192020

The Vernal Equinox (first day of spring) will occur tonight, March 19, at 11:49 p.m. when the sun will then be directly over a specific point on the Earth’s equator moving northward.

For those familiar with the vernal equinox, it most often falls on March 20, but this year is different, thanks to the leap year that we observed in the year 2000

This is the earliest that the vernal equinox will occur across the contiguous United States in 124 years. There are two specific reasons for this variation of the date: leap years and daylight saving time, according to space.com.


Finally Spring, And A Full Moon!

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Mar 202019

The crocuses have been popping up and robins are bopping around on lawns throughout Orange and surrounding towns.

It looks like the Groundhog was right, winter is gone and Spring is upon us!

According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, the word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night” — aequus (equal) and nox (night).

On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.

With the equinox, enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 p.m.


The vernal equinox marks the end of winter, and the start of spring and the Full Worm Moon is named after the earthworms that emerge at this time of year.

The Almanac goes on to say that the March full Moon is particularly special because it reaches its peak on the same day as the spring equinox, on March 20, 2019.

The last time the full Moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (4 hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981!

But that’s not all: March’s full Moon also will be a supermoon, meaning that it will be slightly larger than most of the other full Moons this year.

What an extra-bright way to greet spring!!


Attention: Hey Winter, Go Away! It’s The First Day Of Spring!

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Mar 192015

1101166The Vernal Equinox – First Day of Spring – March 20, 2015.

We’ve waited for it for so long, but Winter doesn’t seem to want to release its grip on us.

That’s right, we’re getting snow again today.

It’s expected to begin between 12-2 p.m. this afternoon and make a mess of the evening commute.

Look for the heaviest snowfall around 3 – 6 p.m. and if you are going to see Tarzan at Amity tonight, be prepared to clean off your car before you head out.

By intermission, the snow should have slowed dramatically and it could possibly have stopped when the show is over.

Welcome The First Day Of Spring With A Free Italian Ice

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Mar 192015

ritas-italian-iceRita’s Ice is celebrating the first day of spring tomorrow with a free Italian Ice. Even with snow in the forecast, you can enjoy the 23rd annual free taste of Spring at Rita’s.

The nearest stores in Milford and West Haven will be offering one free Italian Ice per person from 12-9 p.m.

What better way to celebrate the Vernal Equinox?

Happy Vernal Equinox Day

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Mar 202013

Robins, a sure sign of spring.

Robins, a sure sign of spring.

Finally, the first day of spring!

The ground hog said we’d see it this year, but after so many freak snowstorms, it’s hard to believe that it’s actually here.

The Robins have been around for a few weeks, teasing us about the arrival of warmer weather, but even they couldn’t escape Mother Nature’s cruel last minute practical jokes.

Space.com has an interesting article about the vernal equinox in which you and your children can learn about this first day of the astronomical year.

For most of us, it’s not about birds or stars and planets, it’s about getting out of the house and enjoying the warmer weather, longer days in the sun and Yes, baseball season.

It may only get into the mid-40s this week, but that feels like a heatwave after the below freezing temperatures we struggled through just weeks ago.




Opinion: AHHH Finally, The Last Day Of Winter

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Mar 192013

The snow covering my car around midnight was all but gone after a bit of steady rain.

The snow covering my car around midnight was all but gone after a bit of steady rain.

Today is the last day of winter and yep, don’t you know, we had fresh snow on the ground early this morning.

In the past 56 years I’ve seen quite a few snowy winters, the worst, aside from this year were in the 7os and 80s.

As a child I looked forward to heavy snowfall. I lived in a wonderful neighborhood where every home had at least two kids and everyone knew everybody else. After school or if we were lucky enough not to have school, all 20 of us would gather at the top of the hill with our sleds (thumbs up to radio flyer) and race down the road, through the intersection and see how far we could get on the lower half of our street.

My dog Boots would run after me and my brothers and stayed with us as long as we were out there playing.

Our snow forts and snowball fights were legendary – we’d wail those things across the street to one barricade and across the driveway to the other fort until we all were worn out or too cold.

Every once in a while we’d go inside our respective homes, drink some hot cocoa and warm up, then go outside again until it was time for dinner.

Our parents were cool, they didn’t mind that the street wasn’t plowed as long as all of us kids could get out, get some exercise and have fun.

That was then, this is now.

Now adays, you really don’t see a lot of kids playing outside from sunrise to sunset.

If a street isn’t plowed, adults are on the phone with the police, town hall or highway department in a heartbeat to complain.

Winter just isn’t as much fun as it was when I was young.

Tomorrow, especially after this winter, I will welcome the Vernal Equinox with open arms.

Enjoy your last day of winter and then move on – Spring is right around the corner.