When Do the Seasons Begin?
Each season has both an astronomical start and a meteorological start. It sounds complicated, but it’s not!
The astronomical start date is based on the position of the Sun in relation to the Earth, while the meteorological start date is based on the 12-month calendar and the annual temperature cycle.
The First Days of the Seasons
|Seasons of 2020||Astronomical Start||Meteorological Start|
|SPRING||Thursday, March 19||Sunday, March 1|
|SUMMER||Saturday, June 20||Monday, June 1|
|FALL (Autumn)||Tuesday, September 22||Tuesday, September 1|
|WINTER||Monday, December 21||Tuesday, December 1|
Of course these season dates do not apply to our friends living and gardening south of the equator.