Monday, 20 September 2010

Fall. Time To Get It Together!

Tinges of color starting
to appear!
This year, fall arrives September 22 (US and Canada) and September 23 (Europe).  Other dates other places.

This has something to do with the autumnal equinox.

In case you're wondering, an equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the sun, the sun being vertically above a point on the equator. It’s a time when night and day are approximately of equal length.

At least that’s what I read. Get it? I guess so….I don’t know what it has to do with the first day of fall except I could enjoy it twice if I was leaving for Europe on September 22.

I know all about the sun axis thingy and such, but why can’t they just pick one day for everyone and call it the first day of fall? It’s not as if anything changes on that day. Europe doesn’t get one day more of summer weather because they wait the extra few hours. It doesn’t change the school schedule, tax laws, vacation dates……it’s just a day that the average person can't even confirm. I don't hear anyone saying:

Oh oh… doesn’t feel like the earth’s axis is tilting correctly today……who said fall is here”? 

Well, maybe a few scientists.  I don't think the Druids care.  The French got rid of the 1st of Vendemiaire. Would it really matter if we picked a day to celebrate together?

I suppose there are very good reasons for this and no one is telling me what they are. Fine. Universal secrets. I get it.

Get ready for fall - no matter what day, here it comes!

September Equinox Explained - Time and


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  1. Anonymous9/21/2010

    You're a veritable fountain of information- Bob Pearson

  2. actually, because of some unfathomable scientific occurrence, Toronto did get extra summer - last Friday, Sept 24th, the temp was 30C, so go figure - let the scientists loose on that one!