Yes, you read that right! Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that you should not have celebrated New Year’s Eve, nor should you not have watched the ball drop in New York City. Just don’t call January 1, 2020 the beginning of the next decade. Hear me out, please!
A decade is a period of any 10 years, and you can single out any 10 year period that you like, but the official decade, based on our calendar, begins with a year ending in “1”, as in the year 1, and ends at the completion of the tenth year, ending in “0”, as in the year 10.
People partied like crazy on New Year’s Eve of 1999, thinking that the millennium was beginning the next day, January 1, 2000. But it wasn’t. We were beginning our 2000th year. Thus, the millennium ended on December 31, 2000 at midnight…the end of our 2000th year!
Even the famed comedian Jerry Seinfeld was aware of this.
So, just like Seinfeld, I’m going to ask you to hold off on that big celebration until next New Year’s Eve. Now you have a whole year to plan your party. We’ve just begun our 2020th year, or 202nd decade, and it won’t end until midnight on December 31, 2020.
I can’t wait until January 1, 2021! That’s what you get when your weather nerd is a math nerd, too! In the meantime, let’s talk about something more important…like the weather!
Our new year begins with sunshine and 50 degrees. That leads to a gradual warming trend with more showers towards week’s end.
I’m sorry about the Russian meddling in the previous post! You can be assured that I will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.