Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.
~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You
This year, the vernal equinox takes place on Thursday, March 20 at 12:57 p.m. EDT. At this time, the sun is crossing over from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere. During this process, the sun is shining directly over the earth's equator, bathing the earth's northern and southern hemispheres in nearly an equal amount of sunlight. Daylight will continue to growin length until the summer solstice which occurs on Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT