Despite it being the first day of spring, today looks nothing like the picture above. There’s weird stuff going on in the sky and a random snow storm here in the Northeast, making it feel like December once again instead of mid-March. “When will this madness end?!” you yell to the clouds overhead. Unfortunately, I don’t know, but I do have a few suggestions to make this vernal equinox a bit more fun.
The first day of spring kicked off with a total solar eclipse, but was unfortunately only visible to those in the Faroe Islands. A partial eclipse was seen by many in Europe however, and stunning videos of the changing sky have been taken by people around the world. If you missed out, the U.S. will have its turn to witness this rare event in about two years. According to NASA, the next solar eclipse visible to Americans will take place on August 21, 2017. Astronomers are already getting excited. For now though, you can gaze at tonight’s supermoon. It will reach perigee, the point where it is closest to the Earth, this evening, and hopefully it won’t be too cold outside to go take a gander.
Free Italian Ice!
I’ve been reminding my co-workers that it’s “Free Water Ice Day” at Rita’s, and everyone’s like “What’s ‘water ice’?” I guess it’s solely a Philly term, but whatever your colloquial version may be – Italian ice, shaved ice, water ice, sno cone stuff – it’s still the same delicious, fruity treat, and today it’s free! Rita’s was in fact founded in Philadelphia by a local firefighter named Bob Tumolo, so it’s been cool to see the franchise expand from southeastern Pennsylvania to nation-wide locations over the course of my lifetime. Every year, Rita’s celebrates the first day of spring by giving away a free small water ice to each patron. You can’t beat “free”!
Despite the hope of a nice spring day, Mother Nature is bidding farewell to winter with none other than, that’s right, SNOW. My dreams of frolicking through fields that have magically turned green overnight amidst tulips, butterflies, and singing birds have been shattered as Winter Storm Ultima rains on everyone’s parade. If you live in the Northeast, you already know we are experiencing slippery conditions yet again. The best way to avoid the gloom is by curling up with funny, lukewarm movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Spring Breakers, and I Love You, Man.
Keep your hopes up! You’ll be dancin’ in the streets soon enough!