The First Signs of Spring
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The First Signs of Spring

This describes the first signs of spring from before the first day of Winter and some of the specific signs.

The first sign of spring has already arrived before the first day of winter that is when the sun sets the earliest in the afternoon around December 7th where it dwells for a few days but then starts setting it little later each day so that by the end of December it has gained about 10 minutes since early December.

The first day of winter is around December 21, but the morning sun keeps setting earlier in the morning until about January 7th from then on daylight is gaining in both the morning, and the evening.

In most years tradition leaves the coldest part of wonders by the week between Christmas and New Year's, but the thermometer doesn't always agree with the calendar. In some years there is a January thaw that can occur at any point during the month.

Another sign of spring is when a snowstorm turns into freezing rain or just plain rain because of the increasing average daily temperature. The coldest part of winter is actually between Christmas and January 20. This does not mean we can have cold days, but the chances of sustained cold have already passed.

By the time the calendar has advanced end of February many of the trees have already started to have sap rising in their trunks whenever the temperature during the day goes to above freezing. Tree trunks are pretty effective for retaining the sun's heat that warms up the sap causing a bowl shaped depression to appear around the trunk of the tree. This depression in some parts is called a “snowbowl.”

In many parts of the world where they tap maple trees to make map;e sugar the appearance of snowbowls indicates that it is time to tap the trees to be ready for the forthcoming sap season when farmers make maple syrup.

Another sign of spring is the increasingly longer days that occur from the first day of winter that are quite apparent in early March when the sun sets at around six o'clock in the evening.

By that time of the year the big melt is in full sway, and the season is ripe for making maple syrup. The season is past when the temperature at night goes above freezing. This event is heralded in by the sugar in the trees sap turning to starch effectively ending the maple syrup season.

It should be understood by all readers that these particular signs of spring applied only in northern hemisphere because in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed by a factor of six months.

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