Vernal Equinox

The vernal equinox is just two days away. The term equinox means equal, so it is this time of year that we tend to have 12 hours of both daylight and nighttime. Because sunrises and sunsets are based on when the edge of the sun becomes visible or disappears, we have more than 12 hours of sunshine before the vernal equinox in the spring and a few days after the equinox in the autumn. Meaning even today we technically have more than 12 hours of daylight. Our daylight will accelerate especially in April when we will add around 3 minutes per day for a stretch and then as we get to mid May the increase slows down until we reach the Summer Solstice in June.

Daryl Ritchison