PORTLAND -- Spring fever is in full bloom across the Rose City, with eight 60-degree days so far this month. For now, as the photo above shows, cherry blossoms are stealing the show.
The official start of the spring season will take place Thursday at 9:57 a.m. local time. The Vernal Equinox marks the day on which the north and south pole are equal distances from the sun, at 92.6 million miles.
At the time of Equinox, the sun stands directly over Earth's equator. The word vernal means green and equinox means equal, as in equal daylight and darkness.
In Portland, the day of equal daylight and darkness occurred on Monday. So the beginning of spring will be the Rose City's 3rd day with more brightness than darkness.
Thursday will find the sunrise at due east and sunset at due west.
(The above information is courtesy of Jim Todd, OMSI Director of Space Science Education)
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The photo was taken by Ellen and posted under Your Pics at KGW.com