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Meteorological Spring Arrives

March 3, 2014, 5:17 PM by Grant Smith

Meteorological Spring Arrives
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It may not feel like it, but Meteorological spring is here.

When spring arrives, temperatures start to climb, winter snow storms make way for thunderstorms, trees turn green, and life in general gets more pleasant outside.  While Meteorological spring arrived on Saturday, astronomical spring is still couple weeks away.

The Meteorological Seasons are simply a way meteorologists break down the year into four equal parts of three months each. They are split by the three traditionally coldest months, the three traditionally hottest months, and the three months of the transition periods in between. March 1 is the beginning of meteorological spring.

However the first day of the astronomical spring isn't until the spring equinox, which is on March 20 this year. The spring equinox is the same as the fall equinox in the sense of what actually happens. It means that the tilt of the earth is neither towards nor away from the sun. As we transition from winter to summer that means that the tilt of the earth is towards the sun, so the northern hemisphere is closer to the sun and gets more direct sunlight.

Either way you keep track of the seasons, spring weather is approaching and we'll get a taste of those much warmer temperatures later on in the week.

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