Spring Gets About 30 Seconds Shorter Every Year

Spring arrives on Friday, and you might want to make the most of it. The season of flowers and showers actually gets shorter every year by about 30 seconds to a minute, due to astronomical quirks. According to the U.S. National Weather Service spring officially starts at 6:45 p.m. EDT on March 20 this year. At that exact moment, which is called the vernal equinox, the Earth's axis will reach a halfway mark, where it points neither toward the sun (as it does on the summer solstice) nor away from the sun (as it does on the winter solstice).