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Fall Arrives on Schedule

The Autumnal Equinox signals the first official day of fall.

It's finally here!

For weeks, everyone has been hounding me, "When is Fall going to begin?"

Some of these inquiries have even been my own co-workers.  It seems that not too many remember that the definition of the first day of fall is very regular and doesn't vary.

The Spring Equinox and Fall Equinox are the two days of the year when the length of day equals the length of night...12 hours each.  It happens at the same time of year, year in and year out.

The only thing that might make it more difficult to notice is our practice of adjusting our clocks forward in the spring, so that we run slightly more efficiently on Daylight Savings Time.  But that's a discussion for another time. (Yes, we'll  "fall back" in another month or two, don't worry.)

The situation is confused by advertisers who have combined the notion that we return to school at the same time that we begin Fall...that Fall sales begin right after Labor Day weekend.

This confusion lead one of our news anchor's to declare on the air that it was Fall, the day after Labor Day... amazing me no end.  I had to gently correct him on the air that he was a full month early!

But yes, in stages, the cooler air  has been descending out of Canada, and this weekend is no exception.  We expect another cool snap to arrive just in time for the weekend. 

Fortunately, the Friday night football games are not likely to be affected by the light showers that will accompany this cool-down overnight.

So enjoy your Fall rituals, raking leaves, mowing the grass, and attending your local football games.

Me?  I'll just enjoy the crescent moon and the great stargazing that the high pressure brought us this last week.  (But that's another story...)

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