Vernal Equinox announces arrival of spring, but it is 30-seconds too short
Spring is here once again and the gloom in the air is giving way to happiness and blooming flowers. Flowers of all hues are now coming out and giving us a reason to enjoy.
Though there are apprehensions with the arrival of spring as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that it may come with very intense flu season, people are very happy with the onset of spring.
A top CDC official while talking about the flu season and the onset of spring says, â€œThe prolonged moisture in some regions this winter may have laid the groundwork for a bad season. A warm, dry spring following a wet winter is a recipe for high pollen counts. But if we were to have a wet spring, pollen might not be such a problem.â€
But there are some other aspects of spring too. A latest study has concluded that spring is actually getting about 30 seconds shorter each year.
Researchers have said that due to the fact that Earthâ€™s wobbly spin, for the next few thousand years spring will continue to get shorter compared to summer. As you know the spring officially started at 6:45 p.m. ET this year on Friday, which is the exact moment when the Northern Hemisphere achieved its vernal equinox â€” i.e., when the axis of the Earth reaches the halfway point where it neither points toward the sun (summer solstice) or away from it (winter solstice), according to a NBC News report.
Though the difference is minuscule, nonetheless experts claim that spring has been losing time for long. Experts are of the opinion that spring is a little bit shorter than summer this year at 92.76 days compared to 93.65 days, with autumn coming in at 89.84 days and winter at 88.99 days. Researchers believe that the equinox occurs twice each year, around March 20 and September 22, which has since olden times has meant the point when daytime and night are of almost equal duration. In fact, the word â€œequinoxâ€ is derived from the Latin â€œaequus,â€ for equal, and â€œnoxâ€ for night.