When it comes to spring, I prefer the meteorological definition that has the season beginning on March 1. Meteorological spring is based on annual temperature cycles; astronomical spring is based on the earth’s rotation around the sun — the spring equinox normally falls on March 20 or 21.
As far as I am concerned, it is spring the moment we turn our calendars from the shortest month of the year. My husband Todd agrees; he has long claimed March 1 his favorite day of the year — not for the day itself, I suspect, but for what it signals. Our daffodils are in bloom, Evansville saw temperatures hit the mid-70s the first week in March, and Lent has begun. The ice storm in February is no longer fresh in my mind. From my office window, I see dozens of people strolling, running, and cycling the riverfront esplanade along Riverside Drive and the Ohio River (part of the city’s Greenway Passage). Going about my day, I hear myself saying, “We’re moving in the right direction!” After all, weather is the most popular small talk topic, I’ve found, topping most lists in a web search for that bit of trivia. (Worst topics are, as expected, finances, religion, and politics.)
I suspect many of you, too, are ready for spring. Like me, you need to be outside — and that is the theme of this issue of Evansville Living. Spring is a great time to study up on outdoor adventures — and make plans for summer and fall, too. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Southwestern Indiana. Beginning on page 46, the Tucker Publishing Group editorial team offers a curated roundup of ways to get us all outside this spring. We hope it inspires you! As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
Kristen K. Tucker
Publisher & Editor