The wait is over...spring is here! Monday marks the annual vernal (spring) equinox. On an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet.
The KREM 2 staff knows what we are excited about: Warmer temperatures and more daylight from here on out!
Here are five things you may not know about spring:
The North Pole & The South Pole-- Role Reversal
One pole is not like the other. Due to the Earth's tilt, a person living near the North Pole will see the sun moving fast across the horizon during the spring equinox. A similar situation for the South Pole today, but spring signals the beginning of six months of uninterrupted sunlight for the North Pole. In contrast, the season signals the start of six months of darkness for the South Pole.
Time to Catch the Northern Lights
With the abundance of solar activity, spring is the prime season to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.
(Fun Fact: Traveling to Alaska, to see the Northern Lights, tops KREM 2 Briana Bermensolo's bucket list)
Birds Fall In Love
Hear that chirping? A sign that spring is here! Research shows birds find warmer temperatures and longer days suitable for finding a mate.
You could say spring is the time birds start *singing to each other.* Ahhh....love is in the air.
Speaking of mating....Have you checked in on April the Giraffe recently?
Spring Fever: It is a Real Thing
Scientists believe "Spring Fever" is a real disorder. Spring fever may be associated with symptoms like restlessness and excitement. Doctors at the National Institute for Mental Health say humans instinctively react to seasonal changes, just as some animals hibernate in winter. A chemical in the human body known as serotonin rises in the spring, which causes mood elevations and energy boosts.
Honey Bees Start a Swarmin'
Honey bees swarm when they are ready to move on from one colony to the other, showing the success of a colony.
Scientists believe bees find the warmer temperatures in spring a good time to re-colonize. As Stormtracker 2 has reported in the past, researchers at WSU are trying to breed bees that can brave cold conditions better than other bees here in the Inland NW.