EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 5, 2013

Sap is running so spring is here

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — It’s spring.That grand groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted its early arrival and he was right.

You can smell it and feel in the air.

If you don’t believe Phil, check with your local meteorologist.

Meteorological spring begins March 1. That’s based on the fact that statistically the three coldest months of the year are December, January, February. That’s winter.

Meteorological spring is not to be confused, of course, with astronomical spring, which is based on the date of the equinox, when daylight and night are (roughly) equal in duration, March 20 this year.

But if if you don’t believe Phil or the scientists, check with Londonderry maple syrup maker Hank Peterson.

Peterson, 80, told our reporter, Alex Lippa, the sap is running right on schedule, thanks to warmer days and cool nights.

That’s virtually the definition of spring in New England.