Monday, September 22, 2008

Autumnal Equinox

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.

24 comments:

Jack and Joann said...

Fishing Guy, tell the little wife that she did a fine job on her autumnal display. Very Nice.

Jack and I love fall.
But we hate the cold and grey winter months.

We are getting word that it will be a colder winter with much more snow than previous winters. So carpe diem. Got to enjoy these nice early fall days.

Leedra said...

Love the front porch, tell your wife she did a great job. I was given a huge Horn of Plenty last year. She has given me an idea of what to do with it.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Happy Equinox!
The front porch display is beautiful! I especially like the Frankenstein towel.
Yep, I'm starting my Halloween decorating, too.

The Birdlady said...

We'e a little behind yo, but it's coming..lovely post; I love coming here.

Ivar Ivrig said...

"My fall" is a bit ahead I can see :-)
Lovely pics :-)

evlahos said...

wonderful info today. and excellent work from your wife. well done

Dina said...

Happy autumn to Mr. and Mrs. Fishing Guy. :)

Abraham Lincoln said...

We are in something of a drought so I got to get the water hose out.

I enjoyed your post and music.

dot said...

Your porch looks great! I can see just a touch of color coming here.

Darla said...

Beautiful color mums....I'm waiting to see fall colors in the trees around here.

Shellmo said...

loved seeing the glimpses of the leaft changes. And I LOVED that display on your porch!

Deslilas said...

Fascinating autumnal colors !

The Tile Lady said...

Thanks for recognizing the Autumnal Equinox and giving the explanation...the Solstices and Equinox are favorite times for me, though this year I let this one creep up without noticing...too much going on in my little world! Mom started getting her Fall decorations out, and I bought a pumpkin for her to use....we must have sensed what day it was!

NCmountainwoman said...

We are also having little hints of the gorgeous color to come. Your photographs are great and the porch display is lovely.

Warren Baker said...

yep. F.G Autumn is certainly here. Much cooler day today, and the leaves are starting to fall.

kjpweb said...

While not feeling a change in temps - wildlife is changing for sure!
Great informative Post!
Cheers, Klaus

Tommy V said...

nice post and included lots of good info.

tipper said...

I've been seeing the changes in my area too.

Your wife has everything looking great!

Gretchen said...

Yes, fall is here and it's time for for mother earth to start her slumber. We're seeing the leaves change colors and all the animals are gathering up their stores for winter. From the looks of the number of nuts available and the fact that all the caterpillars we've seen are pure black, this is going to be a bad year.

Louise said...

Love your porch! Your wife has good taste in mum colors.

It's definitely cooler here, too, but not autumn-like yet. I guess it's autumn-like for here.

No color changes yet. Probably not for another couple of weeks, and they won't peak for at least a month.

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

Fishing Guy Hello beautiful exhibition on the autumn and with beautiful photos

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

I just LOVE Halloween. I made dish towels to hang up in black and orange.

Your front porch looks WONDERFUL!

Blessings!
Lacy

Luke Wiley said...

daylight savings time is a life saver!

Gina said...

Great pictures FG..enjoy your Autumn changes..love the porch display! :D