Spring 2014 is coming to the Northern Hemisphere. This year’s vernal equinox, or spring equinox for this hemisphere, comes on March 20 at 16:57 UTC (11:56 a.m. CDT). EarthSky friends on Facebook and Google+ offer these images from their hometowns. Thanks to all who posted!
Everything you need to know: Vernal or spring equinox 2014
Brian Abeling in Iowa wrote on March 18, 2014, “Our sign of spring… the robins are back in central Iowa and they are going after our crab apple trees. I took this photo in our front yard a few weeks ago when the ground was still covered in snow and the robins were getting what they could from the crab apple tree.” Thanks, Brian!
Sue Sharpe posted this sweet shot of a budding fig tree. Thanks, Sue.
Debra Fryar Calobreves captured this photo of red bud trees in bloom. They are one of the first trees to bloom in the Texas Hill Country. Thank you, Debra!
A future peach! Posted by Pamela D’Angelo.
Spring has arrived in Okinawa, Japan, says Beverly Fish. Thank you, Beverly!
Almost spring 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Robert Zandt.
A butterfly atop a spring 2014 plum blossom, from Amanda O’Brian.
Joanne Davenport in Fraser Valley, British Columbia, posted this photo of spring crocus. Thanks, Joanne!
Hanif Jafri captured this sign of spring in London in February 2014. Thank you, Hanif.
Ronny Mann says Germany is having an early spring in 2014. Temps have been up to 20 C (68 F) already!
More spring flowers in Frankfurt, Germany from Jutta Weise. Thank you, Jutta!
Mollie Jensen in Petaluma, California sees activity at a local bird sanctuary. Thanks, Mollie.
Johnny Dickens says lilies are breaking through in SE Kansas. Thanks, Johnny.
Bruce Redburn in Montreal wrote on March 18, 2014, “Here in Montreal I think I can finally get my car out from the snowbank after a 2 month freeze. Now if only I can remember which car is mine.”
Bottom line: Here in the U.S. it’s been a long winter, and spring seems slow in coming. But it is coming, with the equinox due on March 20, 2014. No matter what the weather where you are, enjoy these photos from EarthSky friends on Facebook and G+. Signs of spring 2014!