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It's Finally Springtime in NYC | What Does This Equinox Actually Mean?

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Spring has finally sprung… at least, on the calendar it has. 

Although New York City remains living under below 40-degree weather for the remainder of the week, it still shines in honor of Spring’s arrival! 🌸

Here's what you need to know about the vernal equinox! 🌼

The Spring season officially begins today (Tuesday, March 19) with the Northern Hemisphere experiencing the vernal equinox. But what exactly does that mean?

During the equinox, the Earth's axis aligns with its orbit, giving both hemispheres equal amounts of sunlight. 🌍 This results in almost equal day and night durations, although there may be slight variations depending on your location.

The term "equinox" originates from Latin, meaning equal and night, highlighting the balance of day and night during this event. Better said, longer days or longer nights don’t exist during this time.

The spring equinox can occur between March 19 and 21, varying each year. Similarly, the autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere can fall between Sept. 21 and 24.

On the other hand, solstices mark the extremes of the Earth's tilt toward or away from the sun, leading to the longest day (summer solstice) and shortest day (winter solstice) of the year in their respective hemispheres.

So, while meteorological seasons are based on weather patterns, astronomical seasons like the equinoxes and solstices are determined by Earth's orbit around the sun. 

Now, you’re all caught up on what the coming of springtime means and how it’s relevant to the rest of the year! 🌅

In terms of what the weather will be like for the remainder of 2024, forecasters aren't entirely to sure yet. Although, they have warned people to get their allergy medications ready (considering its season has started).

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