Why do we “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” every year?
On March 11th we will be “springing it Forward” meaning we will be setting our clocks ahead one hour.
Why do we do this? We move one hour from the morning and add it to the night so that people could make better use of the day light hours. In the summer time the sunshine will last longer and we can make better use of the day when we “spring forward”.
As children we love this time of year because it stays lighter later at night, but as parents…. I don’t know how we feel about the time change.
Did you know that there are several places in the Unite States that do not observe daylight savings time, such as Arizona, Hawaii, and our oversea territories like Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico?
So don’t forget to change your clock on March 11, 2018… Spring Forward
You know how the saying goes, April showers bring….May flowers! But does rain in April really bring flowers to May? Well let’s find out!
Perennials are a type of flower that die off in the fall but will bloom again each Spring. Some perennials, especially in warmer areas, might actually start blooming in March or April. When the average temperature in an area begins to approach spring-like weather, flowers will begin to bloom, regardless of exactly how much rain they received. Early warm spells can also trigger flowers to begin to bloom but can be detrimental if the warm spell is short-lived. If the warm spell is followed by a hard frost, flowers flowering trees may die and not bloom again until the following year.
Therefore, its less about the rainfall and more about the temperature of an area that brings those beautiful flowering perennials back to life!
Perhaps the saying is just a way for people to focus on the warmer, sunnier summer months ahead to get them through the dreary, cold, rainy days. Rather than having anything actually to do with botany.
Take a look into the sky on Thursday night into Friday morning, April 20th-21st, 2016, in order to see the “Pink Moon”!
Sadly this week’s full moon won’t actually have a pinkish tint to it. That is just the name that early Native American’s gave the April full moon when pink moss and other pink flowers start to bloom, indicating the start of Spring!