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Egg balancing to mark spring equinox

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Today marks the spring equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and it will likely be sunny and warm, according to the National Weather Service.

The equinox marks the date when the daytime and nighttime are essentially even. Susan Harvey and friends will be up at the Clock Tower at noon, testing the theory that this is the day eggs can be balanced on their ends. The annual tradition since 1985 has drawn as many as 30 or 40 people.

“It’s a center point in our city, and the steps are a good place to sit and stand your egg,” Harvey said. “Everyone’s welcome to come out. People can bring their own eggs or use some of mine.”

After today, the days will be longer than the nights until the first day of fall, when again, daylight and nighttime match.

As spring arrives, Rome is slowly recovering from a fierce late fall and early winter drought.

Floyd County, however, is running about an inch above normal rainfall for the year so far.

For the latest local forecast:

  • Click here for the National Weather Service.
  • Click here for The Weather Channel's interactive weather map.
  • Click here to see recent precipitation and temperatures at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.