POLL: Do you want the dates of our seasons changed?
At the change of every season WeatherWatch.co.nz receives a number of comments from our readers with regards to the "official" start and end dates of our seasons.
In New Zealand we mark the start and end of the seasons using the meteorological calendar - which, for administration reasons - is marked at the start of a new month. In other nations, like the US and Canada, the astronomical calendar is used - which ties in with the earth's movement around the sun.
- Meteorological Autumn - March 1st to May 31st
- Astronomical Autumn - *March 22 (equinox) to *June 22 (solstice)
*The exact date does change each year, usually it's around the 21st to 23rd
The astronomical dates are generally considered the more accurate representation of the seasons... for example, March can be warmer than December, making it more summer-like than December.
But it goes both ways - and many northerners would struggle to class September as being officially "winter".
While the government and most New Zealanders observe the meteorological seasons there is no "official rule" that says this. We are free to celebrate the change of seasons when we see fit.
More often than not it's the forecasters and media that push the current set up.
So we'll take a poll and go from there - do you think WeatherWatch.co.nz should adopt the Astronomical dates for the seasons, or retain the current meteorological dates? Vote below!
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