Welcome to the Fall Equinox, September 22, 2021.
Yippee, Autumn is my favorite time of year. Partly because I love Halloween. The feel and smell of fall in the air, candy corn, also make me grin. Then the leaves explode with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange wafting through the crisp fall mornings. Pumpkin spice everything is wonderful.
Is the autumnal equinox really the first day of fall?
Yes, the autumnal equinox does mark the first day of fall (in the Northern Hemisphere). However, according to the meteorological definition of seasons, which is based on temperature cycles and the Gregorian calendar, the first day of fall is September 1. This year in Colorado it was a scorching 94 degrees. Fall, yea, right. Now on the 22nd, its still to warm for my liking, 88 degrees, yuck!
Can you balance an egg on the Equinox?There’s an old-wife’s tale that you can stand an egg on its end of the equinox. Well, yes, it’s true (and fun to try). But it’s not only on the equinox.
Are day and night perfectly equal on the Equinox?On the equinox, the center of the Sun is above the horizon for twelve hours. However, "sunrise" is said to begin when the upper edge of the Sun's disk becomes visible above the horizon (Which happens a bit before the center rises) and ends when the entire Sun has set. In this case, daylight is still a bit longer than nighttime. I know, I know, TMI. All I know is that it's dark in the morning when I have to get up and the evenings are much shorter. That part kinda sucks!
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