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3/20/2019
Spring has sprung

Springtime is here.

It’s official today at 1:58 p.m. Alaska time.

Signs of spring started showing in the past few days with people rolling up their sleeves for comfort’s sake, brooms being broken out to sweep carports, the desire to sort and clean descending, and the sounds of birds chirping.

Not to mention more than one building along Tongass Avenue is being outfitted with new or painted siding. A fresh look is another sign of spring.

And, of course, the surest sign of spring in Ketchikan is the crocuses blooming bright. The side of the downtown tunnel has a massive display.

The community has been noticing the lengthening days for some weeks, but they become more apparent with the vernal equinox. This is when — Wednesday — the day and night will be equal. The trend toward longer days will continue until the summer solstice.

During the summer, the days will begin to shorten until September when the fall equinox occurs. Following that equinox, darkness will increase until winter solstice in December. The day and night will be equal once again in September.

The sun will rise at 6:49 a.m. Wednesday and set at 7 p.m. — approximately 12 hours of daylight. A warm temperature of 60 degrees is expected to follow Monday’s record-breaking 60 degrees for a March 18 in Ketchikan.

Ketchikan didn’t experience a difficult winter, at least not compared to the Midwest with its polar vortex or the Pacific Northwest with its nontraditional snowfall. But despite winter’s mildness, the signs of spring are more than welcome.

They’re out there, too.