You wouldn't think that going from where I am now, at latitude 33, to home, at latitude 40, would make that big a difference, especially considering there are 90 degrees of latitude in each hemisphere. But that 7 degrees of latitude represents a difference of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year -- and several weeks difference in the arrival of spring.
|Goodbye to my southern beach
For me, spring begins when the daffodils and forsythia come out. That, too, usually happens toward the end of March.
But meteorologists use a different metric. They group each of the seasons into whole three-month periods. Meteorological spring consists of March, April and May. Summer is June, July and August.
So according to the meteorologists, tomorrow brings us the first day of spring. And so, for now, I'll go with that. For no matter where I am, no matter what the temperature, I'm an optimist.