New Google Doodle Celebrates First Day of Spring As Winter Storm Ultima Brings Snow To The Northeast


New Google Doodle Celebrates First Day of Spring As Winter Storm Ultima Brings Snow To The Northeast
New Google Doodle Celebrates First Day of Spring As Winter Storm Ultima Brings Snow To The Northeast

Today’s new Google Doodle celebrates the first day of spring with a colorful, floral animation.

Unfortunately, today also marks the day Winter Storm Ultima will bring snow to the northeast.

The new Google Doodle, which features blue, red, and yellow flowers popping up and blooming for a little bumblebee, celebrates the official first day of spring.

This year’s vernal equinox, as it’s also called, lands on March 20.

    As TIME wrote last year , the vernal equinox is when “earth’s axis is angled such that the world gets an equal amount of daylight and night,” signaling the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Most of Europe and parts of northern Africa and Asia will also get to witness a special treat on the first day of spring: a partial solar eclipse.

The Danish Faroe Islands and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago will get to catch a total eclipse.

In parts of Europe, Google added an animated eclipse to their Doodle.

You can also watch a streaming broadcast of the eclipse here .

Meanwhile, stateside we are not so lucky.

It may not feel like the first day of spring to those in the northeast, where Winter Storm Ultima is expected to barrel down and bring snow.

According to The Weather Channel , winter weather advisories have been posted for over 34 million in the northeast, including the Philadelphia and New York City metro areas.

Luckily, there are a few reasons why today’s winter storm won’t be like those “crippling” Northeast snowstorms in January and February, The Weather Channel reports.

For example, “the cold air becomes a little “stale” Friday, thus near-surface temperatures may allow for some melting of falling snow.” Also, because it’s late March, the sun is higher in the sky, meaning that there’s an additional several degrees of warmth to an air mass compared to January or February.

The offshore low-pressure system isn’t expected to become strong, meaning strong winds will not be an issue.

There also won’t be a lot of snow: “The reinforcing arctic cold front most likely won’t arrive to combine with the offshore low until late Saturday night or early Sunday, when the low will be moving into Atlantic Canada.

This will limit the potential for heavy precipitation over the Northeast.”   

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