“For I remember, it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.”
~Alice Freeman Palmer
April arrived as March departed “like a lamb” – an old saying of mostly unknown origins. As March began, it was still winter, and in the final days of the month, spring begins. Weather-wise the final days are mild and pleasant or soft and warm, i.e. lamb-like. This time of year is also filled with several joyful celebrations. Many are tied to nature, while the more significant ones are based in religion. Both have themes of transformation and triumph, from dark to light, cold to warm, bondage to freedom, and death to resurrection. Yet this year, there is more … a total eclipse of the moon.
The Crescenta Valley followed along nicely with the lamb analogy. Mild and cooler temperatures accompanied by gusty northwest winds – common in spring – blew in with the turn of the calendar page. But not for long …
The winds are expected to intensify and shift to Santa Anas by Friday. With these comes a warm up once again. The Jewish observance of Passover begins on this day at sundown. Seder dinner will be served on a summer-like evening this year. Interestingly, Pesach (Hebrew for Passover) falls in the month of Nisan, the month of Aviv or springtime in Israel. According to Rabbi Wein, Pesach Weather at torah.org, “The weather here in Israel on Pesach is usually glorious, warm but not yet summer hot.” He continues, using the words from King Solomon’s Shir HaShirm (approx. 3rd Century BCE): “The times of the rain are passed, the time of the songbird has arrived, the blossoms of the trees are seen throughout the land.” During such days, the Hebrews escaped the bondage of Pharaoh.
Saturday is a day of weather transition. The wind changes direction and now will blow cool and moist air off the ocean. At 4:58 a.m. PDT, on this day the moon will disappear! As the Earth’s shadow moves across the moon, it will create a total lunar eclipse. Totality only lasts a spectacular five minutes as the moon turns a dramatic orange-red.
By Easter Sunday morning, fog and clouds move in over the foothills, as Christians rejoice in Christ’s resurrection and many others continue their observance of Passover and the season.
Blessings of Spring
Sue Kilpatrick is a
Crescenta Valley resident and
Official Skywarn Spotter for the
National Weather Service. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.