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In mid-March, snow and ice still frost the ground and winter's grip feels as strong as ever in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
But an annual celestial alignment between Earth and the sun known as the spring equinox, which occurred today (March 20) at 6:28 a.m. ET, announced that the seasons are shifting and spring is on the way.
Twice in a year, the Earth reaches a point during its annual journey around the sun when the Northern and Southern hemispheres — the two planetary zones bisected by the equator — receive the same amount of daylight, a phenomenon called an equinox, or "equal night" in Latin. In the Northern Hemisphere, what is known as the spring equinox also marks the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. The Northern Hemisphere's autumnal equinox — six months later, on Sept. 22 — heralds the coming of spring south of the equator.
Summerlike warmth and humidity surging back into the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast will set the stage for a multi-day severe weather outbreak following a brief taste of fall last weekend.
A North Carolina animal rescuer Tammie Hedges is facing criminal charges for allegedly practicing veterinary medicine without a license while sheltering more than two dozen pets during the devastation of Hurricane Florence.
Parts of northeast India, including New Delhi and the National Capital region, endured heavy rainfall and localized flooding as former Cyclone Daye tracked across the region from Sunday into Monday.
While the weather has largely been sunny, warm and humid across flood-ravaged portions of North and South Carolina, an incoming round of tropical downpours could exacerbate flooding and delay cleanup efforts.
Flooding can be one of the most difficult natural disasters to recover from because the risks don’t dissipate when conditions dry up and cleanup begins.
The latest tropical cyclone in the West Pacific rapidly strengthened over the weekend and became Super Typhoon Trami on Monday.
Autumn is meteor shower season across the Northern Hemisphere with the season’s longer nights benefiting those trying to spot a few shooting stars.
President Donald Trump visited hurricane-affected North and South Carolina on Sept. 19 to survey the damage from Florence’s deadly winds, heavy rainfall and flooding.