WASHINGTON, March 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, MARCH 20: SPRING IS HERE!
Profile America -- Sunday, March 20th. Today is an important milestone for the winter weary -- as of 7:21 p.m., Eastern time, spring arrives. Hailed by poets as a season of renewal and flowers, it's also a time for rain. That's why March is National Umbrella Month, recognizing the familiar device that's been around at least since ancient Egypt, where it probably served as a shield from the sun. However, in many U.S. cities, trusty umbrellas are popped open to protect their owners from getting drenched. Two cities -- Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans -- have annual rainfalls well over 60 inches a year. The driest city is Reno, Nevada -- with just 7-1/2 inches annually. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 181
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 392
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau