March 14, 2024

The First Day of Fall 2023

With pumpkin spice lattes, football games and "Spooky SZN" in full force, it is time to put away summer sandals and start wearing sweaters and layers this fall season. But how exactly is this season set off?

On Saturday, September 23, we mark the official start of fall 2023; however, daylight savings time won't begin until November 5th according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, fall 2023 officially begins at 2:50 a.m. EDT this morning - also known as autumnal equinox or when sunlight directly hits equator and day and night are approximately equal in duration around the world.

The term equinox derives its name from Latin words for equal and night; on these days if seen from a ship at sea at exactly that moment, both northern and southern hemispheres of Earth experience equal amounts of sun at that moment. Following an equinox event, days gradually shorten over time until reaching winter solstice.

The fall equinox marks a period of repose for nature, when weather becomes crisp and temperatures drop precipitously. Harvest festivals and Halloween take place during this season - Halloween will fall on Oct 31 this year due to an extra-special supermoon on that night; costume-wise you must act fast!

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