Warm March Sun

March 20, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: P Riemer
Summary authors & editors: P Riemer

The temperatures were in the upper 50s F or about 14 C in mid Wisconsin on this early March day (March 6), giving nearly everyone a case of spring fever. A thermometer placed in direct sunlight between 2:00 and 2:30 in the afternoon resulted in a reading of nearly 70 degrees (about 21 C). Since the Sun is noticeably higher in the sky now, the strong March sunshine feels warm even when the actual temperatures are less than spring like. Where the snow had melted, it was comfortable being barefoot on my deck, however, I put my mittens on to reach out and make a few snowballs. Another sign that spring is around the corner was the sighting of migrating sandhill cranes just a little south of here.

Today, March 20, is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere -- the Sun is directly overhead the Equator at 6:33 a.m. Central Standard Time.

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