Earliest spring in 124 years

First Alert Weather 4am update 3-19-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Spring, otherwise known as the vernal equinox, begins tonight at 10:49 p.m., which marks the moment when the sun appears to shine directly over the equator and daytime and nighttime are nearly equal at 12 hours across the globe. This time around, daytime will have a slight edge on nighttime today, and Birmingham, for example, will see 12:06:57 of daylight hours.

What’s unique about this equinox is that it falls on March 19, but can also occur on the 20th or the 21st. The 2020 equinox in the U.S. falls on March 19, making it the earliest since 1896, or 124 years.

Spring flowers.
Spring flowers. (Source: Jill Gilardi/WBRC)

Hopefully with the daylight hours increasing, along with temperatures, the two combined will help to kill the COVID-19 virus. The Climate Prediction Center released the temperature and precipitation outlook for April, and the south is forecast to see above normal temperatures and rainfall.

We can only hope that during our most aggressive severe weather months that the pattern behaves. We certainly don’t need to be faced with two potential enemies at once, meaning a tornado threat plus the inability to socially distance for those going into a community storm shelter.

As of now, I don’t see a severe weather outbreak or tornado threat for Alabama, but it’s a different story today for parts of the Midwest. Of course, if something changes then we will be the first to alert you!

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