by Devin Black
Spring is the season of the year between Winter and summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring begins on the day that the sun is directly over the equator, usually March 21st. On this day the sun crosses the equator and starts northward. As it travels north, its rays strike the northern countries more directly each day, warming the land. In Leap Year, Spring begins a few hours earlier.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Spring begins in September and ends in December. When we have Winter in Northern Hemisphere it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
The word "equinox" means "equal night". During this time, the length of the night is equal all over the earth. Spring is the time of year when life begins again in nature. In many countries, the people have festivals celebrating Spring.
Storms that arrive during the equinox are sometimes called equinoctal gales. During this time, the sun's position produces such variations in the warm and cold weather masses that violent storms are often caused.