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Weather Blog: Earliest Spring in more than a century

Spring 2020 officially begins on Thursday, March 19, at 11:50 P.M. EDT.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 9:26 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2020 11:15 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — This year features the earliest spring in more than 100 years. 

Spring equinox occurs every March when the sun is right above the equator.

It’s how we mark the beginning of spring and since 1896, the vernal equinox has occurred on March 20 or 21.

This year spring officially begins on Thursday, March 19, at 11:50 P.M. EDT.

It will occur on the 19 for all U.S. time zones this year. 

The reason for it happening earlier has to do with how the calendar works.

According to NASA, the true length of a year on Earth is 365.2422 days or 365 days 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. 

Then, every four years, a leap day is added to make up for any extra time left over from the previous 3 years. 

According to history.com, in 45 BC, Julius Caesar rolled out the Julian calendar that included a leap day.

In 1500 Pope Gregory XIII designed the Gregorian calendar because the Julian calendar year was too long by nearly 9 minutes. 

It may not seem major but after time, it adds up and it resulted in spring being pushed up to early March. 

The Gregorian calendar pushed the vernal equinox back to March 21.

The new calendar had exceptions for the leap year.

It stated that a century year can be a leap year if it is divisible by 400.

With that being said, 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not leap years. 

Pope Gregory made these adjustments to make sure the season stayed consistent and only pivoted between three different dates. 

In 2021, spring will begin on March 20.

Believe it or not, every leap year until 2103 will be a new “earliest spring” until the system resets itself.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 767409

Reported Deaths: 13980
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1054251805
Lake569191030
Allen42938698
St. Joseph37313568
Hamilton37298426
Elkhart29749470
Tippecanoe23479230
Vanderburgh23201405
Porter19573327
Johnson18822392
Hendricks18072321
Madison13548346
Clark13533198
Vigo12834256
LaPorte12566225
Monroe12546178
Delaware11143198
Howard10672237
Kosciusko9777124
Hancock8740150
Bartholomew8262157
Warrick8069157
Floyd8027182
Grant7366181
Wayne7233201
Boone7184105
Morgan6910143
Marshall6332116
Dubois6274118
Cass6090111
Dearborn601278
Noble599290
Henry5947111
Jackson516377
Shelby510898
Lawrence4922127
Gibson462696
Montgomery458192
Clinton455255
DeKalb455285
Harrison453577
Whitley415745
Huntington415582
Steuben410660
Miami405573
Jasper401155
Knox388391
Putnam385062
Wabash369083
Adams352956
Ripley351271
Jefferson341886
White339654
Daviess3090100
Wells303581
Greene293485
Decatur292593
Fayette286364
Posey281735
Scott280058
LaGrange277572
Clay273348
Washington254037
Randolph247783
Jennings239449
Spencer238731
Fountain235250
Starke229859
Owen222659
Sullivan221343
Fulton208345
Jay202932
Carroll197322
Orange191156
Perry189739
Vermillion180844
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Tipton172747
Franklin171935
Parke155216
Pike141734
Blackford138032
Pulaski123648
Newton123036
Benton109715
Brown106043
Crawford105616
Martin92515
Warren87715
Switzerland8348
Union73610
Ohio58111
Unassigned0428

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1123964

Reported Deaths: 20490
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1304331493
Cuyahoga1172542263
Hamilton824421261
Montgomery535421062
Summit489021014
Lucas43747834
Butler40000614
Stark33837939
Lorain26029510
Warren24919312
Mahoning22710613
Lake21472396
Clermont20391261
Delaware19143138
Licking16863227
Trumbull16801492
Fairfield16793207
Medina15861276
Greene15528254
Clark14352308
Portage13432218
Wood13343201
Allen12049245
Richland11740213
Miami11019228
Wayne9258228
Columbiana9204236
Muskingum9133137
Pickaway8750123
Tuscarawas8718255
Marion8710140
Erie8135166
Ashtabula7281179
Hancock7048135
Ross7024165
Geauga6962153
Scioto6701108
Belmont6222179
Lawrence5947104
Union590949
Jefferson5725162
Huron5638122
Sandusky5488130
Darke5444131
Seneca5377128
Washington5371111
Athens526960
Auglaize507487
Mercer491185
Shelby482797
Knox4614113
Madison447566
Ashland444898
Defiance438799
Fulton436375
Putnam4354104
Crawford4114111
Brown409662
Preble3949107
Logan392179
Clinton390766
Ottawa375881
Highland366068
Williams356678
Champaign349660
Guernsey330554
Jackson321354
Perry298850
Morrow294743
Fayette289150
Hardin279365
Henry277167
Coshocton272961
Holmes2725102
Van Wert252265
Adams249858
Gallia249850
Pike244737
Wyandot235257
Hocking222963
Carroll201249
Paulding179942
Meigs151240
Monroe137945
Noble137739
Harrison115238
Morgan111624
Vinton87317
Unassigned04
Fort Wayne
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Angola
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 83° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 75°
Huntington
Clear
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Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 73°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Van Wert
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
A complex system brings the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms to the region early Thursday morning.
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