8 Facts About Spring

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8 Facts About Spring

Mariam Moustafa, Reporter

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  1. The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” and equinox is Latin for “equal night.”
  2. According to a Facebook study, couples are most likely to break up in the spring and two weeks before Christmas. The lowest breakup time was Christmas Day and from August through October.
  3. The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
  4. On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. A person at the South Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness.
  5. Spring almost always arrives on March 20 or 21, but sometimes on the 19th. The reason the equinoxes and solstices don’t always come on the same day is that Earth doesn’t circle the sun in exactly 365 days.
  6. We’ve used the word “spring” for the season since the 16th century.
  7. Hurricane season begins in late spring.
  8. On the first day of spring, the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart everywhere on earth.
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