For some weird reason I started thinking about dates today it being the first work-day of March and the second day of Meteorological Spring. Yes, Meteorologists count the first three months of the year as winter because they are the coldest months of the year in the northern hemisphere; and their special kind of winter in called “Meteorological Winter” as opposed to regular winter that ends on the Spring Equinox, which this year happens to be on the 20th of this month.
Meteorological winter is a three month period that runs from Dec 1st to the end of February. It is the coldest three month period of the year in the northern hemisphere. Astronomical winter is what we all refer to when we talk about the winter season and this is based on when the sun reaches the most southern point on the globe, the Tropic of Capricorn. If you are located right on the Tropic of Capricorn at 12:00 noon on the first day of astronomical winter, the sun will be directly overhead. Also, on the first day of astronomical winter, the sun is at its lowest point in our sky at 12:00 noon and, of course, it is the shortest day of the year. Obviously, it is the first day of the summer season in the southern hemisphere. http://www.weatherdudes.com/facts_display.php?fact_id=30
And from yesterday’s blog on Chicago, I must have been thinking of winter and winter’s wintery blasts because I was subjected to them aplenty over the weekend. Yes it was cold back there and then it rained today here in Phoenix. Even if it is the second day of Meteorological Spring, it still seems wintery to me in my little world.
In anticipation of warmer climes however, I was at a street-fair kind of thing on Sunday, actually it was a neighborhood home tour / street-fair kind of thing and they had some cool cars on display. Too bad it was rainy on Monday, but it was just mildly overcast on Sunday:
As usual, all photos cell phone generated so *click* them and they embiggen.
Spring, I mean real spring, is just around the corner so hang on!