The Autumnal Equinox occurred at 3:44 PM on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) today September 22Th. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the line of the Equator, which splits the Northern and Southern hemispheres of the earth. That means for my time zone EST (Eastern Standard Time in the USA), which is -5 hours from GMT, it would have been 11:44 AM. We are now using EDT (Easter Daylight Time where we set the clocks ahead to get more daylight) so the Vernal Equinox actually occurred at 12:44 PM. It is the first day of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. This word equinox comes from the Latin meaning Equal + Nights. This means the length of the day and the night are 12 hours long. This will slowly decrease as the days progress so we will have less daylight in the Northern hemisphere until the first day of Winter in December. Conversely the Southern Hemisphere will have more daylight until their first day of Summer. I made a post in December, The Change of Seasons, telling you the reason the tilt of the Earth causes the seasons to change. You can read my explanation of the happenings. I hope this helps with the understanding of the changing seasons. Does this mean we will have no more hot days in NE Ohio. Absolutely not, the seasons change slowly as the Sun makes its way South. We sometimes have a real hot September days but it doesn't last long. It will continue to get colder each week as the days go by. Fall has come, can snow be far behind, (tell me I didn't just say that)?
In honor of the first day of Fall I'm showing the beginning of the leaf change. Can you see the color appearing?
It's almost as if you can see the change happening slowly before your eyes.
It goes from green to yellows, orange and reds.
My wife is starting to decorate for the Halloween season in Fall, who doesn't know who this is?
The porch is ablaze with Mums, pumpkins and scarecrows.
We are ready for the cooling of the weather in our future.