When daffodils begin to peer,
With heigh! the doxy, over the dale,
Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.
The white sheet bleaching on the hedge,
With heigh! the sweet birds, O, how they sing!
Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;
For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.
The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare
Bird songs and blooms make spring on the Key Peninsula such sublime spectacle.
Oh, and then there is rain.
The National Weather Service forecast is for rain likely after noon today. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 60 degrees. More rain, the weather geeks say, will fall later in the evening.
It couldn’t be spring in the Pacific Northwest without rain.
So, we welcome the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox. According to almanac.com “the word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning ‘equal night.’ All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal. Today, the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west.”
So now you know.
Good morning Longbranch.