Spring Equinox Occurs on March 20

The calendar may say Spring, but the area weather may not! Spring officially begins this Thursday March 20th at 12:48 am Central Daylight Time (05:48 Universal Coordinated Time). That is when the sun crosses the equator on its annual northward trek.

Below is a table of sunrise and sunset for selected cities in our area. Much more information is available at the U.S. Naval Observatory web site.

North Dakota
               Sunrise    Sunset
Devils Lake   7:37 a.m.  7:49 p.m.
Fargo         7:29 a.m.  7:41 p.m.
Grand Forks   7:30 a.m.  7:42 p.m.

               Sunrise    Sunset
Bemidji       7:21 a.m.  7:33 p.m.
Detroit Lakes 7:25 a.m.  7:37 p.m.
Baudette      7:20 a.m.  7:32 p.m.

Due to a variety of earthly and astronomical circumstances, the days with equal amounts of day and night are a few days before the Spring Equinox. For example, Grand Forks had approximately 12 hours of night and day on March 17th, when sunrise was at 6:36 am and sunset was at 6:37 pm.

The data listed in the above table is provided courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory, the official, "preeminent authority in the areas of Precise Time and Astrometry, and distributes Earth Orientation parameters and other Astronomical Data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy."

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