Spring begins this year two Fridays from now on March 20th at 6:45pm. The Vernal Equinox, as it is called, refers to the day when the sun is directly overhead of the equator as it begins its celestial journey into the northern hemisphere. Since the earth is neither tilted toward nor away from the sun on the 20th, two things of note occur on the equinox: A) The sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west, and B) the number of hours of day and night are almost the same.
SPRING OUTLOOK: The official NOAA three month forecast for March through May, calls for equal chances of above and below normal rainfall, and equal chances of above or below normal temperatures here in the Southeast. This doesn’t mean that winter is officially over with yet. In fact we have had some of our most notable snowstorms in March.
LAST FREEZE: If the recent warm spell has got you thinking about planting spring and summer flowers and vegetables, remember that freezing temperatures often occur up until the middle of April here in Atlanta, and even later in April across the mountains. It’s usually a good rule of thumb to wait until after the 15th of April before planting your summer annuals and vegetables here in metro Atlanta.