What is the Autumnal Equinox?
According to the Almanac, it is the start of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Simply put, it means that there is a mostly even amount of Sun shining on either hemisphere. Better? Or, there is roughly the same amount of daylight and nighttime on that day. In addition, the Sun crosses the celestial equator from North To South, which creates the mostly equal day and night length. That clears it right up, right?
Is this truly the first day of Autumn?
That, friends, depends upon who you are asking. According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, yes, it is. But, if you are using the Georgian calendar, or the meteorological definition of the first day of Autumn, then no. According to the Georgian calendar and the meteorological definition, September 1st is the first day of Autumn. In case you are confused, follow the link to the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” which we have provided, and maybe they can clear it up for you!
No matter which day you believe to be the first day of Autumn, we can all agree that Autumn is upon us! Or soon will be!
Our advice, get out and enjoy the cooler weather, and take in the changing colors that Fall ushers in. Look forward to the holidays that occur in Fall, and perhaps even gather firewood and dream of snow!
Windermere Real Estate/All Star Realty, LLC