This is What's Actually in the Air When "Spring is in the Air"

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Remarking that “spring is in the air” might be cliché, but it’s also true. Not in figurative sense—in fact, much more literally. Like the four harbingers of spring below.

Moisture. In spring, the sun’s rays hit the earth like Ali hit Foreman in’74—directly, and with intensity. The increased sunlight in spring sets off a warming chain reaction, starting with the ground, which in turn warms the air. When the warm air rises and mixes with the cold air higher up, you get rain, and lots of it: Spring has more rainy days on average—nearly 11—than any other season.

Bugs. It gets both creepy and crawly in spring. Larvae (juvenile insects) that spent the cold winter hibernating emerge from their slumbers as adults to get their groove on. Termites, in particular, can wreak havoc once temperatures reach 70 degrees. If you start seeing their wings on the ground, it’s time to call the exterminator.

Noise. Between all those raindrops hitting the rooftops, birds chirping, insects buzzing and coeds racking up noise complaints on spring break, this season can get loud. Mating calls come in many different flavors, but one of the loudest is that of the kakapos parrot, which can reach up to 132 decibels and be heard from four miles away.

Love. Turns out that spring really is the season for love—well, at least sex. The warm air, increased daylight and all around pleasantness basically primes your brain to focus on getting lucky. One study even showed that singles are more likely to give their phone number when it’s sunny out.