First day of spring in 2023: Is winter officially over?

By Rehan | 21/3/2023

The vernal equinox, which falls on March 20, 2023, is typically referred to as the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet on March 1, meteorological spring officially started. What makes the two different from one another?

The astronomical beginning of the season, the vernal equinox, occurs at 4:24 PM CDT today.

The formal start of spring 2023 is today.

According to NASA, at that time, the sun will cross the equator directly, distributing approximately equal amounts of day and darkness over the planet.

The March equinox is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but for people living south of the equator, it's the first day of fall.

According to NASA, an equinox produces roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night at the equator.

In Alabama, it won't feel anything like spring today. Although skies will be largely sunny, temperatures on Monday are predicted to be on the chilly side, with highs barely reaching the 50s statewide:

The first day of spring in 2023 won't feel especially springlike due to the high temperatures.

It will be cold on Monday night into Tuesday morning, and freeze warnings will once more be in effect for a portion of the state.

Here are the very winter-like expected lows for tonight: For a large portion of Alabama overnight into Tuesday morning, low temperatures will once more be at or below freezing.