When will spring really arrive?

Snow showers from an early spring storm lingered in Providence, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (WJAR)

When you live in New England, regardless of how harsh or mild the Winter, there's always a lot of angst when it comes to the arrival of Spring. Think about it: it officially arrives the 3rd week of March by the calendar, but when there haven't been any sunny warm 70 degree days by early April, understandably many get antsy.

"Winter Weather Advisories" issued by the National Weather Service, interpreted and posted to my Social Media pages (including Twitter NBC10_RJ, and Facebook ) bring a flurry of (pardon the pun) responses from many of you, including gifs of an animated girl throwing a temper tantrum, to downright anger. Remember, I don't bring the weather, I just tell you what's coming!

That's why a number of years ago, personally looking forward to the bloom of Spring, I started writing down on my old school paper desk calendars at home (yes, I still use them to this day!), what day most of the trees and flowers went 'POP!'

What I noticed, each year, within a day or two like clockwork, that day is April 17th. How can that be, though, if the weather is not cooperating, by bringing colder than average temperatures, and even sleet, snow, or freezing rain? It's because the plants and trees everywhere are genetically wired to do so, primarily based on the declination angle of the sun. Air and soil temperatures do play a factor, but research has shown it's a protein in each plant, triggered by amount of sunlight, that makes everything go 'POP!'

So remember: each year, on or about April 17th, give or take a day or two, that's when the true signs of Spring are visible, reminding us that Summer's just around the corner.

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