There's a big debate between the StormWatch7 meteorologists on the date of the "official" start to Spring. Some of us think it's the first day of March, which is the meteorological start to the season - when all of the weather and climate data for Spring begins. Other members of the team say it is the date of the vernal equinox. What do you think? Take the poll on WJLA.com.
Regardless of your thoughts, the vernal equinox arrived earlier this morning at 1:14 AM. It's the earliest start to spring since 1896! One of the reasons for the early start to the season has to do with the leap year. If it wasn't a leap year, spring would start on March 21st. The equinox occurs at the point when the sun crosses the celestial equator from South to North. Here's a way to visualize this: