According to the reliable source of TimeandDate.com, the Spring/Vernal Equinox will be this Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 16:47 UTC. For those of us in/near the Portland, Maine region, that translates to 12:57 Local.
Due to quirks & wobbles in the earth’s orbit & axis, the truest 12 hour day will occur on Monday, March 17, 2014 with a day length of 11h 59m 56s, with the solar noon occurring at 12:49 PM. The sun will be at an altitude of 45.2 degrees above the true horizon. FMI: visit TimeandDate.com for this and a bunch of other geeky time relevant information.
This winter here in Maine has been a good old fashioned winter of being on and off the storm tracks, mixed precipitation events, and deep frigid weather. A ‘cool’ term was utilized to describe the most frigid episodes, The Polar Vortex.
The weather always remains a persistent source of complaints as it does affect & effect our collective cultural moods. Commute times extend as we all leave work at the same time, usually at the worse time, to clutter and clog already congested routes with the real risk and fear of collisions, congestions and slide offs. Slow & steady cooperation gets us from there to here safely.
Then there is the relentless task of snow management. Shovel the walks, decks and paths. Having either a plow guy or a snowblower ~ preferably a rider with a cup holder.
And then the fun can begin, snowshoeing, snowmobiles, ski – both downhill & cross country, snow tubing or the simple fun of a hill and a sled. Here at The House at the Edge of the Forest, I prefer snowshoeing as I can walk out the back door for extended solitary forays through the forest and onto the nearby frozen wilderness pond. Or onto a trail behind the nearby Bradbury Mountain State Park onto the Pineland-Bradbury Corridor Trail.
The seasons are as they are, a time for unique perspectives. Soon enough, the snow will be melting in mud along with the risk of localized flooding. Sweet sugar maple season is now, what a delightful treat as a reward to celebrate the transition of winter, into mud & then into the blossoming of spring. BTW, roads limits are now being posted.
Don’t be in a hurry for tomorrow. Today is all that you have.