Wednesday, March 20 will mark the “spring” or Vernal Equinox, the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north.
According to conventional wisdom, Connecticut will experience a day and night of equal length – 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. (We’ll technically have a few more minutes of daytime).
There’s even a mild difference on when spring actually starts: meteorologists, unlike astronomers and scientists, peg its beginning on March 1.
In any event, the equinox is when Nature puts winter in its rear-view mirror, and we can look forward to coming warmer weather on the southeast Connecticut shoreline.
Although we’ll still be some time away from jumping into Long Island sound, Rogers Lake or backyard pools, it’s a terrific time to enjoy the outdoors and get in shape for the bathing suit season.
The Town of Old Lyme has nearly 10 miles of trails on about roughly 600 acres of open space land, and now is a wonderful opportunity to see Nature springing to life. Trail maps may be found on our webpage.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, the spring equinox in 2019 will occur on the same day as March’s “Full Worm Moon” – which will be a super-moon to boot! The somewhat odd name reflects the season; the soil warms, earthworms appear and they, in turn, attract returning robins and other migrating birds.
The Old Lyme Open Space Commission expects a busy spring and summer with exciting news and events to be announced, such as a “hikers’ happy hour.”
The Commission also is actively seeking volunteers to assist with light trail maintenance. If you’re interested in joining other outdoor enthusiasts and lending a hand, please contact the Open Space Commission’s land steward, Peter Norris. See the Land Steward page on the Commission’s webpage.
Happy Spring Equinox!
Bill Dunbar & Amanda Blair, Co-Chairs
Town of Old Lyme Open Space Commission