Ever wonder when “Fall” really starts? Most of us know that the seasons change somewhere around the 20th of December, March, June and September but it does fluctuate and it can actually be anywhere from the 19th to the 22nd of the month (in our timezone).
This is because the orbit of the Earth itself isn’t perfect and the tilt of the Earth, fluctuates in orientation to the Sun.
Luckily, Wikipedia has a handy table showing the equinox and solstice dates and times for the Earth. You can see it here.
The Fall 2010 equinox, will happen at 3:08AM on Sept 23rd Universal Time. Subtract 7 hours for us here and that makes the Equinox, and the start of Fall at 8:08PM tonight the 22nd.
So do enjoy what should be a very nice final day of summer. Then as you feast tonight, hopefully on the bounty of your garden, or someone elses, say hello to Fall.
In case you’re wondering, the winter solstice will happen on December 21st this year, at 4:38PM…. I wonder if we’ll have snow….
Oh, and the rain forecast has tapered off a little. No big monsoon this weekend, but still pretty wet.