Springtime arrives in East Idaho on the Arctic Express

SHELLEY – The Spring Equinox hit the Firth and Shelley area at 9:33 a.m. this morning, Sunday, March 20. 

Astronomical springtime or the vernal equinox arrived locally this morning at 9:33 a.m. as a heavy snow shower blew through the area dropping 2 to 3 inches of snow on the ground.

Although the weather didn’t show it, the snowbirds did indicate real spring is just around the corner.  Red-chested Robins, arriving back from their winter vacation in Mexico, stopped off at a local crabapple tree for lunch.

Red-breasted robins return to the area. Photograph courtesy of Community Pioneer

Based on their appearance, they are asking themselves the same questions many of us were asking ourselves this morning. Why do we live here?

“Vernal equinoxox, two moments in the year when the Sun is exactly above the 

Equator and day and night are of equal length; also, either of the two points in the sky where the ecliptic (the Sun’s annual pathway) and the celestial equator intersect,” according to britannica.com.

Astronomical Springtime lasts until the Summer Solstice or the shortest day of the year, which occurs June 20 or June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and December 20 or December 21 in the southern hemisphere.

So, Happy Springtime everyone from Community Pioneer!  Now can anyone tell me where my car window scraper is?

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