5 Signs of Spring You Can Count on No Matter What the Groundhog Sees
In the dead of winter in New Hampshire it's hard to imagine what warmth feels like.
It can really inspire a pessimistic attitude on whether we will ever feel the sun again.
But spring is near, and there are many ways to recognize the season of new beginnings from baby animals to rain to the smell of the air.
If you don't trust Punxsutawney Phil to tell you how soon warmer weather is coming, check out these signs for spring.
5. The days get longer
One of the cons of winter that almost everyone can agree is on how short the days are.
According to Live Science, because the Earth turns on an axis of 23.4 degrees, the amount of light from the sun that hits Earth changes every day.
When the Earth is closest to the sun on its path around the star, the arc the sun travels on is higher than in the winter, therefore producing more light.
An equinox is when the Earth receives the most solar energy from the sun on a single day and when day and night are almost equal in length.
The spring equinox is Tuesday, March 20.
When you realize you have more light to do things in the winter, that's when you know spring is on the way.
4. Birds singing in the early morning and late afternoon
Most birds fly south for the winter and spring marks their return. As the weather starts to warm, The Nature Conservancy said that you'll start to hear the songs of a number of bird species.
The birds begin their migration to northern climates from the beginning of March to the end of May.
Once you hear their cue, take note that spring is on its way.
3. The flowers bloom!
Spring is known as the season of birth. When the planet gets more heat, everything awakens from the sunshine.
Some flowers bloom earlier than others.
Remember the looks of these ones to know how much longer you have until more sunshine.
Photo credit: Brian Fuller/Flickr
2. Baby animals
Keep a lookout for baby animals. Many types of woodland critters give birth in the spring.
The weather is ideal for animals to raise their families.
The Spruce said parents have longer to find food for their babies, plants are abundant and will continue to grow with the rain coming in.
Animals like foxes, bunnies and porcupines are born in the spring.
1. You won't need to wear your coat
As the planet gets closer to the sun we get more sunshine and more heat.
Days from here on out will get warmer and warmer.
According to a study conducted by Mark D. Schwartz, the warm spring weather comes almost 10 days earlier in the northern hemisphere than it did in the 1950s.
The change in arrival is credited to global warming.
It will be a gradual change from your down winter coat to a rain coat to no coat at all.
Hang in there!