Jeff Burbrink

Jeff Burbrink

My personal favorite holiday of the year is Groundhog Day, a day dedicated to the hope that a small rodent will not see its own shadow, and thereby shortening winter by six weeks.

As you know, the first day of spring begins when the sun crosses the imaginary line we call the equator. On that day, March 19 in 2020, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. Because of the tilt of our Earth, the sun’s energy hits the northern hemisphere more directly, and temperatures will rise, bringing with it the hope of spring.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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