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Summer is just about over, but that also means that autumn is just about to begin, and it officially starts later Tuesday or early Wednesday, depending on exactly where you are.
The autumnal equinox occurs at 4:22am EDT on Wednesday morning. What does that mean? It’s the point where the sun is directly over the equator (it’s projected to be directly over the western Indian Ocean at 4:22am EDT), signifying the official changing of the seasons. It also means an approximate 12 hours of sunlight worldwide.
During the Northern Hemisphere’s summer and in the vernal equinox, the sun is located over the Tropic of Cancer (located approximately 23.5° north in latitude), and during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter and the winter solstice, the sun is located over the Tropic of Capricorn (located approximately 23.5° south in latitude). Seasons are not a result of the sun’s distance from earth; in fact, the sun is usually closest to earth in early January, during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, and furthest away in early July.
The summer across the United States was generally warm and dry in the West, while cooler lingered across the upper Midwest. An unusually active wildfire season was the unfortunate highlight across the interior West and even into Alaska, with millions of acres scorched by the ongoing fires.
But as summer changes to fall and with a continued strong El Nino in place, wildfire and drought relief could potentially be on the horizon for the West. As always, stay with WeatherNation for the latest.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi