A mildly annoying and rather geeky reminder of the change of seasons is the twice a year (spring and fall) television interference due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.”
A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun’s radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.
Interruption in TV service due to sun outages can last up to several minutes a day. They usually amount to some interference with picture quality and sound (not internet or phone service if you’re on some cable package)
The nice part is that it means spring is coming (even if another snowstorm is headed my way this weekend in the northeast).
This spring, sun outages are expected to occur between February 28 and March 8, 2014 - and after that the equinox is just a few weeks away.