Spring has a different meaning for everyone – whether that’s longer and warmer days for jogging, more chocolate and Easter eggs to work off, or enjoying country walks. But what about the less well-known things about Spring? We’ve composed a few interesting facts for you!
1. Contrary to belief, Spring isn’t the start of pollen season!
Some plants actually start releasing pollen as early as January, meaning hay fever isn’t a good excuse for no outdoor runs this season!
2. You’re more likely to see snow at Easter than in Winter!
Puzzled? Records show that snow or sleet falls on average 3.9 days in December, compared to 4.2 days in March so statistically speaking, it’s true. However, April only has 2.3 days on average so it really depends on when Easter falls.
3. Spring fever is not just a saying.
According to experts our body’s makeup changes in spring due to a change in our diet, hormone production and temperate.
4. Spring marks 6 months of uninterrupted daylight in the North Pole and 6 months of darkness for the South Pole
Imagine waking up, going to work, going out in the evening, sleeping and waking up again all in daylight! Or what your utility bills would be like after 6 months of darkness! This phenomenon is due to the axis of the earth tilting toward the sun in the spring.
5. The first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is actually the first day of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere!
This is the same for Winter & Summer too sooo trip to Australia in September anyone?
6. Before it was called Spring, the season was known as Lent or Lenten.
The Old English used the term Lent then referred to “Springing-time” in the 14th century in reference to the blossoming flowers.
7. For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.
In Japan at this time of year, look out for their Sakura (cherry blossom) trees – Beautiful! Wouldn’t mind a Health Walk or run around this scenery!