Vernal equinox brings earliest spring to US in 124 years


By Christopher Carbone, Fox News

Mar 18, 2020


Here's one bit of good news: Spring is coming early this year.


In fact, the vernal equinox, which marks the official beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, is arriving on Thursday.


That's the earliest arrival of spring in America in 124 years.


According to the astronomy reference book "Astronomical Table of the Sun, Moon and Planets," the exact moment of the equinox will occur Thursday night at 11:49 p.m. ET (0349 GMT on March 20).


The Earth will at that moment reach the point in its orbit where its axis isn't tilted toward or away from the sun.


There are two reasons, according to, that the vernal equinox is coming a bit early this year: Daylight Savings Time and the leap year having added an extra day to February...