UV Exposure May Curb Coronavirus Spread but Farmer’s Almanac Calls for Rainy Spring

The Vernal Equinox has hit. On March 19th, 2020 at exactly 11:50 p.m. EDT spring, believe it or not, sprung. This according to the 2020 Farmer’s Almanac, which says that this year’s Spring Equinox is the earliest in 124 years. (That might explain why spring might not feel so, um, springy, in your neck of the woods yet.)

But, technically — while we’re all stuck inside practicing good social distancing and self-isolation measures to help stop the spread
of Coronavirus — spring is here.

So what does that mean for both the weather and the virus? First, Coronavirus. Per Accuweather, increased UV light, which comes with the Vernal Equinox, typically has an adverse effect on viruses. “If the coronavirus behaves like most other viruses, then as the sun grows stronger day by day as we head towards the summer solstice, the stronger sun and increased hours of sunshine may start to take their toll on the virus, thereby helping to slow its spread, particularly as the sun gets stronger in April and May,” said AccuWeather Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers.

Unfortunately, according to the 2020 Farmer’s Almanac Spring Forecast, this spring isn’t going to be as sunny as we’d hope even if we weren’t beset by the worst case of food poisoning in the history of the world. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a wet and stormy spring.