March 20th is the first day of spring. For many of us, the change from winter to spring delivers a much-needed break from cold, snowy days. For others, spring represents a time of great change and new beginnings. In honor of the changing season, here are 10 fun facts to get you excited for spring.
10 Fun Facts About Spring
The earliest known use of the term “spring cleaning” was in 1857.
We’ve used the word “spring” for the season since the 16th century.
The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox.
The first spring flowers are usually daffodils, dandelions, lilies, tulips, iris and lilacs.
Spring fever isn’t just a saying – experts say the body’s makeup changes due to different diets, hormone production and temperature.
There’s more daylight during spring because the earth’s axis tilts toward the sun at this time of the year.
“Tornado Alley” is at its most active state during the spring.
Hurricane season begins in late spring.
On the first day of spring, the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart everywhere on earth.
If you stand at the equator on the first day of spring, you’ll see the sun pass directly over-head. This happens only twice a year – the first day of spring and the first day of autumn.
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