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Hard to believe Spring is already half over!

And before you go talking about snow and ice and cold weather - Spring is not a matter of temperature, but of axial tilt.

The Equinoxes occur in the middle of Spring/Fall, just as the Solstices occur in the middle of Winter/Summer. The days halfway between the Equinoxes and Solstices are the dates when the seasons officially begin. So, Spring actually began February 2, and Summer will begin May 1.

It annoys me that our meteorologists - who should know better, they've presumably studied weather, science, and the effects of the Earth's axial tilt! - keep saying the midpoint of a season is the "beginning" of it.

It's hard to believe that people who didn't have the technological advantages we do got it right.

Yes, I know we still get snow, ice, and cold weather - and we can get those clear up until mid-May (the latest date we had a frost in Oklahoma that I recall was May 16th). Climate is different from the seasons, and with climate all over the place, we can't rely on it as a season indicator. A planting indicator, yes, but not a seasonal one. That axial tilt is still there, still rotating us through the seasons.

The coldest part of Spring and Summer are the first half of the season, so we expect to still get wintry weather the 1st 6 weeks of Spring.  But we can see that the days are getting longer, and there are warm spells between the cold. The second 6 weeks of Spring things begin to sprout above ground.

My redbuds are blooming - something they do every year in mid-spring.


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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:43:09 PM PDT

  •  Still awake... (10+ / 0-)

    Not tired yet. I should be, but I'm not. Which is going to suck tomorrow. Hopefully when I do fall asleep I sleep solid and at least 6 hours. Otherwise fibro flare could be sneaking up on me.. joy. happiness :(.

    Living in Florida I've gotten used to naming the season by axial tilt rather than weather. 90 degrees out on Christmas some years.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 09:55:05 PM PDT

  •  Oh. It's after 10? (8+ / 0-)

    I still have laundry sitting on my bed to put away before I get into it, so I guess happy Friday, and off to fold things.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12:03 PM PDT

  •  Good morning everyone! (4+ / 0-)
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    bumbi, weck, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    In the 60s today and clouds are rolling in.  Supposed to have some bad weather tonight and tomorrow.

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:54:46 AM PDT

  •  Hi everybody. I've been awake since a quarter to (7+ / 0-)

    4, finally got up right before 5 because the dogs had had enough of my sloth.

    Yesterday I had a terrible experience at the office with a rw coot who is obviously suffering from dementia. (In his youth it was probably called extreme assholitis.)

    He was ranting, and got so wound up that spit bubbles were coming out the sides of his mouth. He's a very wealthy old man, retired, drives a Caddy SUV, and travels all over the world any time he pleases. He was incensed because "....that blank blank socialist Obama" is about to "...raise my taxes and cut my Social Security."

    I literally couldn't believe what I was hearing, but since there weren't any strait jackets available, I just let him blow.

    My mom, who lived through the Great Depression, once told me that homeless people (hobos) roamed the countryside back then. She said sometimes they came to people's houses, walked right in, and intimidated the occupants into giving them a handout or food. The tables have turned. Now rich folks are roaming the countryside, trying to wring the last pound of flesh and the last shred of sanity out of the rest of us.

    Anyhoo, now I know what it must be like to sit across the table from Dick Cheney. They may take my sanity, but they'll never take my nightly fantasy of seeing them all chained together in a prison cell. :)  

    •  wow, that's a Depression story I've never heard... (2+ / 0-)
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      what part of the country were these "home invasions" in?

      all of my family's Depression/hobo stories were the regular ones, of guys showing up at the kitchen door and pleading for chores to do in exchange for food. Since both sets of grandparents were farming through that period, in different parts of Oregon, there were always things to do. In fact, I think dry-farmer-Eastern-OR grandma would sometimes feed a man just for asking for work, even if she didn't have something for him to do. Of course there was always firewood to chop for the kitchen stove at her house in those days...

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:35:59 PM PDT

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      •  Indiana. My grandpa worked for the railroad and (2+ / 0-)
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        FloridaSNMOM, chimene

        there were a lot of "hobos" who, according to my mom, rode the rails, which were nearby. Some would come up on the front porch and peer in through the screen door.  If they didn't see any sign of a male around and were really desperate, she said sometimes they'd just push the door open and walk in.  

        It's hard for me to imagine too, but not everybody had a phone back then, so when something like that happened, the woman had to do whatever she could to protect herself & her children, even if it meant giving them something they couldn't really spare. They were never harmed by any of these people, however, and I'm sure there were a lot who asked for odd jobs as well.

        Whenever she told these Depression stories, I could never get past her answer to my first question:  You mean you guys didn't have a TV, Mom?

  •  Good Morning! Woke up to 3"-4" of snow and it (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, weck, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, chimene

    is still lightly snowing. It is very beautiful, but I cancelled
    my 8:30 appt, feeling so lousy and just can't deal with
    this beautiful snow!

    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

    by bumbi on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 06:25:19 AM PDT

  •  Our spring order of tractors was delivered to the (4+ / 0-)

    store yesterday, and we had our first spring sale.  I don't follow the calendar as much for the seasons as I do the changes in what activities I do.  If the tractors are here, it's time for spring cleaning and early yard work.  The weather is not conducive to yard work this year!!

    Maybe this will make our customers antsy and have them come in to consider new equipment, they can't use their old stuff when there is an inch of snow on the ground and more coming.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:31:00 AM PDT

  •  It's me from NYC! Happy Friday and a good (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    weekend to all!

    It's very late in the afternoon on Friday, almost evening EST but I wanted to jump on to wish everyone well.

    To those who are ailing, please get rest and hope you feel better soon.

    Spring here feels just like very late fall.  Brrr....!!  I was out and about on errands yesterday and that wind just goes right through a person.  I was layered up good and was glad for it.

    Not much new.  Not true.  Lots new and maybe I will diary about that.

    Anyway take care all,

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 02:30:03 PM PDT

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