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Why the Northern Hemisphere is about to have its earliest spring in 124 years

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEMarch 18, 2020, 9:15 PM UTCBy Denise ChowJustice for Punxsutawney Phil.The famed groundhog predicted an early spring back in early February, and for much of the world, the changing season is indeed coming sooner than normal.This year’s vernal equinox, which marks the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, will occur Thursday — the earliest spring equinox those north of the equator have seen in 124 years.“In most years, the Spring Equinox is on the 20th or 21st. For the first time since 1896, it will occur this year on the 19th in all of the U.S. time zones,” tweeted Tony Pann, a meteor ...