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Spring Equinox arrives!

Today is the Spring Equinox – 3:09pm to be exact.

The spring equinox is, for some, the official start of spring here in New Zealand – but also signifies the end of summer for those in America and Canada.

Giant daffodils at Dunedin Botanic Gardens 2008From today onwards the sun will be spending more time shining over the Southern Hemisphere than the Northern.

This extra sunlight clashing with the leftover winter cold usually creates our stormiest and windiest weather – which is why it isn’t too surprising that today will be windy almost everywhere across New Zealand.

Windier weather is likely for the next 4 to 6 weeks says

October is quite often a stormy and windy month with conditions usually calming back down again in November as we head into the summer months.

Image: Spring in Christchurch’s Botanical Gardens / Peter Shone


David - New Brighton on 22/09/2010 8:38pm

Daffodils depicted in DN, not CH….’cos you can hear bagpipes playing in background…100 pipers ‘n all…..8 – ]

sw on 22/09/2010 7:15pm

Less than 20% of leaves are beginning to bud,last year was more at that stage.

David - New Brighton on 22/09/2010 6:51pm

….centred 10km west of CH, 15km deep….but my seismometer ( water in glass type – without curtain wire ), felt it a bit more …8 – D

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