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Why is it Fall?

22 Sep 2017, 4:58 pm

Because we passed the Autumnal Equinox at precisely 4:02 pm EDT.

But why?

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The Sun

It all has to do with the sun shining on the equator. Weird, I know, but a long time ago this was how it was set up. At that time we also called it Autumn, so there’s that.

At precisely 4:02 pm (EDT) the sun shone directly on the earth’s equator. That direct shine means there is *almost an equal amount of daylight and darkness for us earthlings. This hasn’t happened since all the way back in March.

Meteorological Fall

Us nerds (read: meteorologists) look at fall a bit differently. We like to break things up using like temperatures. It’s easier that way.

I’m not saying the other way needs to go, or that our way works better– it’s just easier.

For us, fall begins September, 1st. Then lasts through November, 30th. These three months are most alike in terms of weather and temperatures. And if you think about it, winter starts its icy grip about the time December comes calling.

Meteorological Fall Begins

Fall Back

Just because we break out the pumpkin spice and fashionable layers doesn’t mean it’s quite time to set those clocks back.
You’ll have to wait until November, 5th for that extra hour of sleep!

Until then, I’ll keep hitting snooze and blame my late arrival every morning on “traffic”.

For WeatherNation — Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo

 

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