Tomorrow is the first day of fall… or is it?

Sep 22, 2023 | 2 comments

NOW they tell me!  Doncha just hate it when you go through life thinking you understand something and then you find that you don’t.  Not even a little bit.

I thought I understood that tomorrow, September 23 is going to be the fall (or autumnal) equinox  And I thought I understood that the word “equinox” comes from two Latin words meaning equal and night.  And, therefore, on the fall (and spring) equinoxes there are 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.  That is, of course, if we are dividing the seasons astronomically — that is based on Earth’s position as it rotates around the sun.

But apparently, there’s another way to divide the seasons and that is meteorologically, based on annual temperature cycles. If we are reckoning that way, fall arrived September 1st!  Go figure.

My advice:  Put on a sweater.  And a hat if it’s raining.  Because any way you slice it, fall is upon us and winter won’t be far behind!


  1. Robert Gwinn

    It is as if a switch was turned off to coicide with last of summer/firts of fall. Hoping the weather in late October into early November is tolerable. We are looking forward to being at Ocean Park for a bit.

  2. Rosemary Peeler

    Hello Sydney,

    Down here in Australia we count the seasons the other way from you. Because we are at the other end of the Earth, today we are just a month into Spring.

    In Victoria foliage, gardens and the weather fit pretty well with our dates.

    I think there is a 3rd way too. I may be wrong, but seem to remember (probably from “Song of Norway” ) that Scandinavian countries have Midsummer at June 21 or 22.

    Bye for now.



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