Autumn Officially Begins at 10:49 A.M.
The Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall 2012.
Summer is almost over. It officially ends today at 10:49 a.m.—that's the moment when the Autumnal Equinox occurs in the Eastern United States, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
On the first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—day and night are each about 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days after the autumnal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.
Days and nights also have equal length in the spring equinox, too. Today’s sunrise occurs at 7:25 a.m., with sunset at 7:33 p.m.
Paulding residents will wake up to some comfortable temperatures just above the overnight low of 59 degrees, with temps peaking today about 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. We’ll enjoy mostly sunny skies throughout the day, and winds of 5 to 10 mph with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Throughout history, groups have celebrated the autumn equinox, partly because it represents harvest time.
Do you know of any events to mark the start of fall, or perhaps some autumn-appropriate happenings? Add them in the comments area below!