First Day of Fall 2014: The Autumnal Equinox

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In 2014, the autumnal equinox brings the fall season to the Northern Hemisphere on: September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT. Enjoy a first day of fall poem, quotes, pictures, folklore, and more!

See when each season starts.

It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.

–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

The Autumnal Equinox

The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night." The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights (i.e., hours of daylight decline).

What's in store for your winter weather? Buy the newest edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac from our Web site!

Questions and Answers About Fall

Question: Why aren't there exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness on the fall equinox? 

Answer: On the equinoxes, the very center of the Sun sets just 12 hours after it rises. But the day begins when the upper edge of the Sun reaches the horizon (which happens a bit before the center rises), and it doesn't end until the entire Sun has set. Not only that, but the Sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth's atmosphere refracts the Sun's rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to our former astronomer, George Greenstein, "If the Sun were to shrink to a starlike point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have 'equal nights.'"

Question: The autumn leaves seems to be hanging on longer than usual in my neck of the woods. Is this an indication of winter weather to come?

Answer: There's an old weather proverb that states, "If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter." Or perhaps you just haven't had the kind of wind or rain needed to shake the leaves loose from their branches. But look on the bright side—you get to look at the beautiful autumn foliage for a little bit longer!  

Why do autumn leaves change color? See our fall foliage page!

aspen trees fall

"Changing Aspens" in Snowmass, Colorado by Randall Day

Signs of Fall

In many regions of North America, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange. The leaves begin to drop off the trees, providing endless hours of jumping into leaf piles for kids and raking them back up for parents! Baseball season hits the homestretch, while football season is just warming up. Temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters are storing up for the long haul of winter. 

You can track when the seasons change by recording animal behaviors and the way that the plants grow. Listen to the new sounds and observe what you hear and see.

How do you know that fall is coming? Share your comment below!

Autumn Folklore and Verse

Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. - Irish proverb

Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.

If, in the fall of the leaves in October, many of them wither on the boughs and hang there, it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.

Spring rain damps;
Autumn rain soaks.

Of autumn's wine, now drink your fill; the frost's on the pumpkin, and snow's on the hill.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1993

Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. - Philip Larkin, British poet (1922-1986)

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Up here in Vancouver and

By Reyfred Albacite on September 8

Up here in Vancouver and nearby cities tree leaves are starting to turn into red and yellow. I love the smell of those pumpkin pies and Autumn is coming soon.

I love fall ♡

By yesenia on September 5

I love fall ♡

I've always loved spring and

By Robot on September 5

I've always loved spring and summer. It's finally warm, you can go outside without being so covered you can barely move. Then I moved to Vegas. The person who commented before me was not wrong. I've spent the past 3 months naked inside my apartment, huddled next to a little fan. I wanted to go out and enjoy my time off school so badly, but I couldn't. I would need to down about 9 cups of water and take icy showers a few times a day just to stay sane. For literally the first time in my life, I can't wait to wear layers of clothes and sweaters! It's perfectly fine here the rest of the time and spring is just beautiful, but summers here have broken me a little bit..Please God, I NEED fall to happen. I just want to go back to when the peak heat was no higher than 80s, so I can actually do my schoolwork with a functioning brain.

I've been in Chicagoland, too

By Keith_1 on September 14

I've been in Chicagoland, too cold. I've been in eastern Carolina, couldn't complain. And now I'm close to Austin, it's great. I like an 88F house and I don't care if it gets over 100F outside with full sun to enjoy. That's actually the temperature I love to be outdoors in. I don't sweat indoors till after 88F as long as a tiny bit of air is moving. And yes, I love to live naked. I hate clothes and until winter things are great. 82F is when things starts getting cold and I wish for summer heat. You might think I'm old, to enjoy the heat, not at all. I just acclimate to heat well, and what is eaten and drank all plays a large part in that. Hint: too many simple carbs, or a carb heavy diet let you overheat easily.

I'm with you here in South

By sherry lee keeney on September 7

I'm with you here in South Florida and it has been miserable especially August can relate to the 9 cups of water when dehydrated muscles were hurting from excessive sweatingusually look forward to autumn this year not so much was supposed to go to Pennsylvania to see mom in spring to many of lifes publications in the way to make it in that time frame so still hoping to go all odds against me dreading seeing the autumn stuff in the stores this one time because if I don't make it soon I'm going to have to cancel till spring again once Halloween hits it's all downhill from there no time for nothing elsebut on the brighter side once the holidays hit at the time I like to stay in the house and do homie things happy autumn everybody sunny South Florida

Fl. Sucks, live in the

By nhoj on September 7

Fl. Sucks, live in the panhandle. Cooking turkey on Thanksgiving in shorts and opening presents at Christmas in shorts and then maybe in late feb or early mar a few days of below 32 deg. Wowee I would rather live where there are actual seasons again. Here in FL you can never get enough clothes off it's far easier to live where the humidity below 85% atleast in the Rockies there are leaves that change colors here we have pi e trees scrub oaks and palmetto bushes that stay green year 'round........

If u don't love it - leave

By Florida cracker on September 13

If u don't love it - leave it!

I understand why Northerners

By OctoberRust on September 1

I understand why Northerners love Summer... no deep freeze.

But here in Vegas I LOATHE the heat. 100 - 115 ever day for months. I wait every day for fall. It signals a good 8 or 9 months of livable weather.

The temps cool off enough where you can actually go outside and do something without passing out from the oppressive, searing, oven-like heat.

Plus Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas are on the way. What could be better?

I <3 Autumn!

Vegas?? Sorry but you don't

By Matt Trongo on September 7

Vegas?? Sorry but you don't know miserable heat as most would call it until you live in south Texas. Not only the temps but the humidity, I love the heat but hate the humidity.

Y'all have a great day,
BULLETPROOF Trongo

I totally agree with you Reno

By allenslady on September 3

I totally agree with you Reno isn't far behind Vegas as far as weather in the summer. I lived with it for over 10 years, finally had enough and came home to the RAIN and Evergreens(trees). Now I am in eastern Oregon more of the same type weather in June and July.

it becomes fall up here in

By Vorchin on August 29

it becomes fall up here in Alaska when it either gets dark at 9 P.M. or when there's no green leaves on the trees (not evergreens) which ever comes first.

Autumn is in the air!! The

By Marybeth Shipley on August 26

Autumn is in the air!! The light is noticeably angled, more golden and hushed here in Texas. School has started, trees will be changing colors, stores are selling sweaters in gorgeous autumn hues, football games are being played, what an exciting time of year! Scorpio with its orange star Antares is sliding Westward, and Spica is almost setting with the sun. I can't wait for that first touch of crispness in the air!! Everything about Autumn is just wonderful!! The smells - apples, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin pies, wood fires burning, are so alluring! Sunsets are so colorful right now as well. Thank you OTF and fellow readers for sharing thoughts and joy on this magical time of year!

I couldn't agree with you

By camela on September 2

I couldn't agree with you more, i think autumn is so magical from tree leaves changing colors, the chilly mornings and evenings, to the smell of cinnamon and spice. I can't wait for autumn to start here in SC!!!

I couldn't of said that any

By Desiree Isaryk on August 27

I couldn't of said that any better. You put it in the way that I feel. Fall is to me the best season. I love sitting out side with a cup of coffee and with my blanket that my Baba knitted me and reading a good book. I can't wait for fall every year and I'm counting the day! But what you said was so nicely put. :)

I love your idea of reading

By Marybeth Shipley on August 27

I love your idea of reading outside in the autumn light! I hope you get to enjoy many gorgeous days all cozy in your warm blanket! I love coffee too and it seems to taste and smells better in the fall and winter! Have you ever googled 'autumn quotes'? There's several good websites with beautiful poems and thoughts that I think you'd love! Happy Autumn 2014!!

I LOVE the fall! It's the

By Holly W

I LOVE the fall! It's the start of all the wonderful holidays and gets my family geared up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This truly is the start of the most wonderful time of the year!!

I agreed with you is a

By luis from california

I agreed with you is a wonderful feeling

autumn is colorful but sad to

By Tom21112

autumn is colorful but sad to see the summer pass.

I know a lot of people love

By summer is to hot

I know a lot of people love the summer I live in California and I just can't handle the heat, sometimes it gets sticky and I really love the fall season because I know the relief is on the way

Agreed. Summer was great

By C .E.

Agreed. Summer was great when I was a kid (& for kids now), but I don't care for it (as an adult). I always look forward to fall...cooler weather & football and hunting season.

Why did you Americans change

By EricW

Why did you Americans change the name of Autumn to "fall"
Actually I am trying to find the right dates when the seasons start. I reckon 21/3 etc but here in NZ they reckon the 1st of the month.

The name Fall is actually a

By Jeannette Locorriere on September 20

The name Fall is actually a very old English term for Autumn. t was used in the UK in medieval times, before the Americas were discovered. It was us Brits who changed it to autumn!

The name Fall is actually a

By Jeannette Locorriere on September 20

The name Fall is actually a very old English term for Autumn. t was used in the UK in medieval times, before the Americas were discovered. It was us Brits who changed it to autumn!

The name Fall is actually a

By Jeannette Locorriere on September 20

The name Fall is actually a very old English term for Autumn. t was used in the UK in medieval times, before the Americas were discovered. It was us Brits who changed it to autumn!

from Wikipedia: The

By Mando

from Wikipedia:

The alternative word "fall" for the season traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, with the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".[12]

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America

My birthday is on the spring

By Starkisha

My birthday is on the spring equinox and my sisters is on the fall equinox. We do not get along,never have. Does us not getting along have to do anything with our birthdays?

Its my belief that the

By Bonnie Craft

Its my belief that the seasons,moon& sun changes all play a role in both personality and behavior. Working in health care I have seen this first hand.

I don't think the saason has

By luis from california

I don't think the saason has nothing to do with you or your sister maybe you don't get alone because you have your dads personality and your sisters your moms

my birthday is on the same

By fygg

my birthday is on the same day as when Autumn begins :D

Well, here in upstate NY

By Alexandra Taratuchin

Well, here in upstate NY state, I'm wondering why the leaves are still 99% green and we're still having beautiful days in the mid 70's. I'm not complaining but I'm wondering what the old wives tales say about this; does it mean we're going to have a dreadful winter? Autumn is pretty but I have to admit a feeling of dread and sadness every autumn. I HATE cold weather and winters here are just plain awful; not my cup of tea, but I guess there are people who love winter. Even though it's still cold in the spring, to see all the nature coming back to life and becoming green is just an uplifting feeling! Sometimes I wish I could move to a place where it's beautiful warm weather all year, with no earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, extreme heat, etc. Is there such a place on earth?

Suriname a nice country in

By Tina Browny

Suriname a nice country in South America.

Yeah i think so. Its our

By nuththu

Yeah i think so. Its our country, Maldives.The sunny side of life.

yes its called heaven !!!

By mick bonham

yes its called heaven !!!

That was my answer, also!

By Medaton

That was my answer, also! Heaven...

Alexandra, My sentiments

By Teresa Colette

Alexandra,
My sentiments exactly! Love autumn but dread what follows. As I was taking my brisk walk this a.m. I found myself having mixed emotions about the scenery unfolding before me. On the one hand, I found the colorful foliage quite beautiful and uplifting, on the other, sad because I know what's coming after this season. Then I reminded myself; "Stay in the moment". I do not want to miss out on my enjoyment of this perfectly gorgeous change occurring because I am anticipating another dreadful winter. I felt better.

A friend of mine does a

By Autumngirltoo

A friend of mine does a seasonal autumn spread on her website. Nice fall pictures:
http://www.yolanda-ro.comoj.com/index.php?p=1_55

Dear Ms. Taratuchin,

By Todd DeFrank

Dear Ms. Taratuchin,
Yes, I am sure there is a place on some island. New Zealand is a nice place. And Arizona is nice in the winter with none of the things you said, such as hurricanes. They can have dust storms, but mostly in the more desolate desert up in Phoenix and they can have floods, but the Southern Arizona has been in a drought for about 10 years, though they can some rain in the summer.

T.D.

I think autumn is awesome in

By Anonymous12345

I think autumn is awesome in Texas, during summer it will NEVER go under 73 degrees but during fall its only 60-85 degrees. Also my b-day is in fall. I also kinda like the feel of shorter days so its darker when i sleep and my eyes dont burn of sunlight in the morning.

I love early spring, when the

By Robertajo Trask

I love early spring, when the leaves are that bright, bright green and I actually feel growing sadness as the summer goes by and they turn that dull, grayish green. I know that means winter is coming. See what I did there? I jumped right over Autumn! I do love the colors and smells of Autumn, but it's way too short. One good downpour and the color is gone, leaving bare dead-looking branches and chill. I guess it's best to make the best of what we are given and try to find joy in each season in turn. That being said, ever since I was a child ( too many years ago to mention) I have cried at the first snowfall. I can't help it. Perhaps I am grieving the passing of another bright, sunny time. I live in NY state, where winter seems endless.

I truly enjoyed reading your

By Elsie Ganzon

I truly enjoyed reading your comment. I use to live in GERMANY I loved Spring festivals, and looked forward to the Oktoberfest. Old man winter brings snows there it's cold, I love it when season's change, I like the SMELL, it's a refreshing reminder – Time Waits For No One and how quickly it passes by, seasons come and The seasons go We get a little sunshine, rain or snow Just the way that it was planned and fond memories of friends, families.

Autumn wakes me up, my Spirit

By Autumn Girl

Autumn wakes me up, my Spirit is at its best and I feel renewed. The Season starts with Apple picking and warm Apple Cider with Brandy in the evening. The leaves are colourful, the air feels fresher, the smell of fire wood burning in the neighbourhood. Mmm, no better time of year.

You described it so

By Autumngirltoo

You described it so beautifully!

Spring is definitely my

By mason younG

Spring is definitely my preference, when everything is coming to life...
Fall marks coming to fruition, and imminent death looms large.
I'm at time in my life, when Winter's are too hard, and Summer's too hot.
Moderation I guess. :)

Whoever invented daylight

By Ray Gestaut

Whoever invented daylight savings time should be banished to Alaska. I like 'cozy', I like the seasons, but those long nights can depress me a little, and I think that's a physical thing having to do possibly with light and vitamin D. I've also heard of people getting summer depression, I suppose due to overheating, which some people handle better than others, as with the cold. Actually I'd like to learn more about all this....

It was Ben Franklin.

By rick west on September 12

It was Ben Franklin.

I live in Arizona we do NOT

By Elsie Ganzon

I live in Arizona we do NOT participate in Daylight Savings Time. As I travel to see friends in Nevada I have to adjust time 1 hour when I arrive. Makes me wonder what's the significance of the concept and the purpose of it, I'm told by elders HITLER used it to get more work out of people in general.

Really? There's no DST in

By Alexandra Taratuchin

Really? There's no DST in Arizona? Interesting... I thought EVERYONE adjusts their time twice a year. Well, you learn something new everyday! I'm in NY state and we do the DST. I prefer the autumn one where we GAIN an extra hour of sleep! But I suppose it IS unnatural; we should accept the natural times and cycles of the planet the way they are naturally.

Interesting. I hate dst and

By robert perrault

Interesting. I hate dst and I fear the summer. I live in the southwest and some people can handle it, but most are confined to living indoors with AC. This summer many nights were warm and one night at middnight it was 85 degrees. Never cooled down for weeks. It's hell.

I agree. I truly dislike

By Virginia De

I agree. I truly dislike Daylight Savings Time. The summers are hot enough in Florida and since I was born in Miami, even when stationed elsewhere, HOME was always FL, so I will never leave, but the summers are long and hot enough without DST. I welcome fall and can feel the change in air even if the heat does not subside much, but I had a full heatstroke in 1995 stationed at an AFB where the temp was still 107 after dark. It cause a hemorrhage in my brainstem and even after 16 months of rehab I still can't take the heat and I'm sure there are many other people who's bodies don't assimilate heat very well either.

I must say I agree as well. I

By Eileen Wadeson

I must say I agree as well. I think it is healthier for us to start when the sun comes up and stop when the sun goes down. No need to keep DST anymore. Even here in the North the days are too hot.

I think all states should

By Sally Flanagan

I think all states should abolish DST. It
worked for Arizona!!

I love and enjoy each season

By Michael Moore 2

I love and enjoy each season in its time. Spring and fall are the nicest for they usually avoid the extremities of temperature. However, note the word, "usually" for there are occasional exceptions to this rule. At my age and in my health, I have learned to submit to the statement of the Apostle Paul, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content," just to be with my family and good friends, and to know the presence of the Good Lord, makes each season a blessing to enjoy.

Sorry, I'm not a fan of fall,

By Deejay

Sorry, I'm not a fan of fall, because winter comes right after. If I had my way, I'd go to sleep after Thanksgiving dinner, and not wake up until St. Patrick's Day. Bears have the right idea...hibernation!

I don't like SPRING because

By GeeBee

I don't like SPRING because right after comes summer which means fall is next and then the WINTER! Oh woe is me, I'm not happy with what I have been given!!!

:DDDD

By Mariana Lelis

:DDDD

I love the comment, "the

By prjj1950

I love the comment, "the leaves are changing or turning", actually the color that remains after the trees have stopped making chlorophyl(sp) is the true color of the trees leaves.

That's certainly true for the

By Almanac Staff

That's certainly true for the carotenoid pigments. In autumn, as sunlight decreases and days get shorter, leaves make less and less sugar. Eventually, the chlorophyll pigments (which give leaves their green color) decrease and the green color in the leaves begins to fade. Eventually, photosynthesis finally stops, and the veins at the bases of the leaf stems sometimes close, trapping sugars.

As the chlorophyll fades, any yellow, orange, or gold carotenoid pigments that are present in the leaf are revealed.

If there are lots of sugars trapped in the leaf, and there is plenty of sunlight, anthocyanins, (red, blue, or purple pigments) may be produced as the leaf begins to die. These can combine with carotenoids to produce brilliant orange and red leaves. (Some plants have anthocyanins in their leaves throughout the growing season, such as many purple-leaved plants. In these cases, the leaves contain a higher concentration of anthocyanins than chlorophyll pigments.)

I didn't know that. Sugar!

By Marisa K

I didn't know that. Sugar! Thanks for for sharing your knowledge.

Ilove the fall time of

By clarke

Ilove the fall time of year.The things that i love the most is taking my grandkids to the mountain skyline drive in VA its get no better than that.

Actually, the hours of

By Margery Peterson

Actually, the hours of daylight begin decreasing with the Summer solstice and continue to decrease until the Winter solstice.

That's correct. Starting at

By Almanac Staff

That's correct. Starting at the summer solstice, when the length of daylight is longest, the day length (daylight) begins to get shorter.
 
Around the time of the autumn equinox, the shortening daylight, which had previously been longer than the night, becomes the same length as the night (12 hours each). (The exact time of equal day and night will depend on one's location, and may not occur precisely at the time of the equinoxes.)
 
After this equal point, the day length continues to shorten, but is now shorter than the length of night. At the winter solstice, the length of daylight becomes its shortest for the year.

THE QUESTION I ASK IS THE

By PAUL GOLDSTON

THE QUESTION I ASK IS THE EQUATOR MOVING NORTH BECAUSE I WAS IN FLORIDA AND THE SUMMER HEAT WAS INTENSE AS FOR WINTERS THE LAST SNOW STORM IN PHILLY WAS 1993 WAS THE WORST I EVER SEEN IS PHILLY GOING TO HAVE A SNOWSTORM LIKE IN 1993

I can tell when autumn is

By Mr.Pumkin

I can tell when autumn is closing in. The leaves turn a dull green/grayish. I love the Fall-my spirit is never as alive as when autumn comes. Cant wait for the big storm that blows gusty cool wind signaling the true autumn season. Fire pit and friends along with the smell of burning leaves. Awesome!

My favorite season! I too

By Sandy Kazlow

My favorite season! I too love the smell of burning leaves and wood burning fireplaces. Here we have truly awesome sunsets in the fall. I could never understand those who say "everything dies and it gets dark so early". Love being cozy.

Dear Mr. Pumpkin, I also love

By Sailor4life

Dear Mr. Pumpkin,

I also love the fall. To me it is a time for renewal, and it is a time to reflect on what may lie ahead. I love the smell of fall. The leaves when they are wet, and the wood burning in the fire pit. I love the taste and the smell of apples, including hot apple cider, apple pies, and caramel apples. I love the fall county fairs, and beginning of football season. I love going to the park and tossing the football while looking at the bright orange and red color of the leaves as they fall to the ground from the trees. Mr. Pumpkin I hope you have a lovely fall and by reading your words, I know that you will appreciate every moment. Peace - "Elle"

I agree with you I live in

By louis f

I agree with you I live in the san francisco bay area and the summer is hot and sometimes sticky, and I know when the fall approach is time for some renewal and some relief I love the fall season

Ny fall in New England

By Bonnie J Oliphint

Ny fall in New England unofficially began last Sunday when I went apple picking and had Apple Cider Donuts! Best time of the year!

There is no Fall season like

By Zenobia Hampton-Mitchell

There is no Fall season like Virginia beautiful colored leaves and beautiful mountain sunsets.The winters are great too snow on the mountain tops,great time for skiing and snow boarding.In the summer plenty beautiful green trees to keep you cool.The spring you smell the green grass and the leaves and the rainy month of April.Seasons in Virginia are like the four seasons you read about Wonderful!

Ms. Mitchell, I saw your

By K. Pebley

Ms. Mitchell, I saw your name. It took me back in time. I knew a woman named Zenobia (different last name of course) when I was 12. She played a pivotal role in my young life. Zenobia. It is such a beautiful, unique name. As I'm sure you are too. Be well.

IN MINNESOTA ITS LIKE FREAKIN

By LISA MONTOSH

IN MINNESOTA ITS LIKE FREAKIN FREEZING!!!!!!!!!!!

October 19th and the evenings

By Danno888

October 19th and the evenings are cool again in Los Angeles after the latest round of hot days (hopefully the last until next year). I love that golden light from the autumn sun in the late afternoon. I wish I lived in an area with lots of deciduous trees...I'd be loving the color.

What are the different

By Brad Collins

What are the different factors that would make for an "Indian Summer"?

Hi, Brad, Good questions.

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Brad, Good questions. Different folks have different interpretations. The Old Farmer's Almanac has long adhered to the saying, "If All Saints' (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin's (November 11) brings out Indian summer." Here's our page on Indian Summer and the criteria: http://www.almanac.com/content/indian-summer-what-why-and-when

What determins when the

By Brad Collins

What determins when the autumn leaves change? Temp and/or length of daylight?
Tks!
Brad

Answer: Length of daylight.

By Brad Collins

Answer: Length of daylight. ;-}

Here in southern Ohio, the

By Purplenut

Here in southern Ohio, the leaves are slowly changing; others have already turned and fallen off completely! But I absolutely love fall and all that comes wit it...bonfires, Halloween, gorgeous scenery and beautiful walks through the park. Happy Fall to all! Have a great day! :)

Sunrises and sunsets are

By Nancy from

Sunrises and sunsets are different in the fall. The air smells fresh and crisp and it's refreshing on your face. I like driving with the heat on and windows rolled down.

This is my favorite time of

By mnemie

This is my favorite time of year! There's nothing like the smell of pumpkin bread in the oven and a pot of hot coffee brewing. Walking outside and hearing the crunching leaves underfoot. Truly the best time of the year!

I know it's autumn when I see

By Lothlorien

I know it's autumn when I see nuts on the ground around my house. It means the squirrels are doing their winter gathering...and inadvertent scattering.

WE LOVE THE FALL! Hello,

By StarChild and Rose Marie

WE LOVE THE FALL! Hello, stars in the sky!! @--)-- :O)

My Hummers are gone

By patti poff

My Hummers are gone And my Cosmos petals have fallen But, I know more's in store And that's why I'm not bawlin'
~Patti Poff~

From Chicago . the leaves are

By Timber

From Chicago . the leaves are starting to turn, the crickets and grasshoppers are gone from the garden, the nights are cool, the days heavenly, flannel shirt weather. The squirrels are busy burying the acorns and the smell of firewood is in the air. I wait all year long for September and October and they just fly by.

Welcome Autumn! Here in

By Sister Rags

Welcome Autumn! Here in north-central California our daytime temperatures are still fairly hot (90-ish), with our nights cool 60-ish). We've had a very dry summer and need rain desperately. No real signs of autumn yet, but hopefully there will be soon.

I grew up in the midwest and

By Phoenix, Az

I grew up in the midwest and love fall and the leaves changing colors!! I miss the leaves changing colors, raking the up, and jumping into the big huge pile of leaves!! Here in Phoenix we have a FEW more days of 100+ days of hot weather!!! Then it just might start to cool off into the middle to high 90's!!! Wish it would cool off more!!! Really miss the days of Fall of Wisconsin!!!!

Autumn Photos for you to

By Andy Todzia

Autumn Photos for you to enjoy:
http://www.andytodzia.com/p988612484

Love this time of year!

By apriltransue1

Love this time of year! Nature is preparing to rest. The winds are blowing crisp and there's a freshness in the air! The days have become comfortable and the chilly nights make for a restful sleep. Love cooking "comfort" foods that puts a smile my family's face.

I would love to receive your

By Meleca de Jong

I would love to receive your emails and updates.

Hi, Meleca, Thanks! You can

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Meleca, Thanks! You can sign up for our free e-newsletter updates on this page: http://www.almanac.com/content/almanac-newsletters

The one thing I DON'T hear

By Kally Patrick

The one thing I DON'T hear that tips me off to autumn approaching, is the lack of singing birds that would wake me every morning during spring and summer. The shorter days is another hint. I never did like autumn because of the shorter days and eventually all of nature goes to sleep in a hibernation to be followed by winter and cold.

All your singing birds that

By Allan Seaman

All your singing birds that you miss have flown down here to Florida for the winter...sorry about that.

Even in southern NJ where the

By Virginia d

Even in southern NJ where the temps are still in the 80's fall is starting to show Her face.The Monarch butterflies are heading south for the winter.

Southern, NJ: Are you around

By carole j. heffley

Southern, NJ: Are you around Cape May? Send those Monarch's down here, I have not seen one yet in my North Carolina garden and I am impatiently awaiting their arrival. Fall is coming slowly here. The goldenrod is out in bunches and a bright yellow wild daisy that I am not sure of its name but it is so bright and cheery. I note this afternoon that they are nearly all gone with the torrents of rain we had last night. The Crepe Myrtle is still in bloom as are the knock-out roses popular around here. Grandson Jack and I dug up the potatoes this week and at least this year we have enough for supper--last year there were only 3 small "marbles"--abundant rain made the difference this year for sure. The flowers are giving their all in their last push of the year and it is marvelous. Happy Equinox! As the ancients celebrated this day, so should we to praise the marvels of nature.

Hummingbirds left the day

By Quanloi70

Hummingbirds left the day before Labor Day. A 14 foot Eastern Diamondback was spotted in a field nearby. It has rained nearly every day for the entire month of August near Savannah, GA

our fall looks like it's

By dustyd13

our fall looks like it's begun in july here in mich the oaks have been shedding leaves since then and since it's been dry. i doubt we'll have the spectacular colours we normaly have.

Here in Tennessee Autumn is

By Ex-people-pleaser

Here in Tennessee Autumn is on its way! It is the deeper blue color in the sky, that notice first. I have already seen this beginning. :) So happy!

We're in the Knoxville area

By LOVEcoldweather

We're in the Knoxville area and while it's better (read: cooler) than it was, it's still never cool enough for me. I'm a transplanted northeasterner from Pennsylvania and I LOVE Autumn and I LOVE Winter. You can keep the other two seasons! I can't stand temps over 60 degrees Fahrenheit!

The monarch butterflies are

By AppleAnnie

The monarch butterflies are just beginning their magration through OK. Every two or three days, one flutters through my backyard.

Your article says "From here

By observer

Your article says "From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter." Actually, the days start getting shorter after the summer solstice, up until the winter solstice when they start to get longer. The autumnal equinox is when the days start to get shorter than the nights (before the equinox the days are longer than the nights).

wow i loved your writing of

By shell bell

wow i loved your writing of fall. The summer comparing to dragons breath is perfect. I felt like was on a real travel as i read along. Awesome thanks.

YAAYY just 7 weeks till we

By zac pizzy

YAAYY just 7 weeks till we enter Virgo Pass and leave the hot dragon breath of summer xD The last month of summer 8/22 - 9/22 is the most beautiful and amazing to see. The first 2 weeks are the hottest of days as the stubborn heat from August tries desperately to hold on. Each day gets hotter and drier up the imaginary high mountain pass of Virgo - sorta like seeing the dry side of the Cascade mountains in Washington State where temps can top over 100 deg. Then about Sept 11th the midpoint is reached and there's this blast of cool air that's never been felt before from the Libra side of the mountains. The air is crisp clean and has a beautiful chill that tames the fiery dragon breath of summer. Once over the pass and below the Virgo summit in the last 2 weeks of summer, the nights get chillier and outweigh the warmth and the grasslands begin to change into an array of color. Much like the Seattle side of the Cascades where the temp can be 40 degrees cooler in a matter of a few miles, that sudden drop in temps is enough to tip the scales of fall into full swing and each day the woodlands come more alive in color as the days shorten further. The most amazing image in my mind is descending the high mountains after so much summer discomfort and suffering and seeing the crisp clear waters of Scorpio Sound with the height of fall foliage around it's pristine shores. The beautiful fall landscape around the wooded city of Libra is like the perfect city that lives harmoniously in it's own environment allowing people and nature to live together in peace and thanksgiving. I cry every year living to see this beautiful season begin and like spring, fall can be very much like heaven on Earth YAAYY!

I live in the panhandle of

By silverspirit1940

I live in the panhandle of Idaho and about 60 to 70 miles from Canada. Which issue of the almanac should I buy? I am new to the area and am a little unsure? San Francisco is a lot further away.

Here in Mena,Arkansas. We

By Oldmanweather4566

Here in Mena,Arkansas. We have had a few cool mornings. The leaves are just starting to change color. I myself looking for a bad winter. It's been hot and dry all summer.

On around August 15th I can

By littlewing58

On around August 15th I can smell Fall in the air, the smell, the feel, it changes on that date. The squirrels are noisy now. Chirping and scurreying about storing food. Sleeping and sleepiness is of high quality as it is warm in the day and cool at night.

I tend to notice the changes

By JuliePClark

I tend to notice the changes in sounds first...I noted this in my journal a week or so ago:
The cicadas have ceased singing but the crickets have taken up the chorus.

that's really a nice

By Marybeth Shipley

that's really a nice perspective! I found this poem you might enjoy too!

November Night

Listen. . . .
With faint dry sound
Likes steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisped, break from the trees
And fall.

Adelaide Crapsey

Autumn is beautiful for such

By Gayle Costello

Autumn is beautiful for such a short time. The bright bold colors of the leaves,the mums,apples,pumpkins,indian corn,here to say their goodbyes in a colorful fiesta...then...gray flannel till spring.

The above article states that

By Foxtrotter

The above article states that "From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter." This is not accurate as the days start getting shorter after the summer solstice. I think what the article may have meant to say is that the days start getting shorter than the nights, i.e., there is more darkness than light in a 24 hour period.

The article did say that, you

By Shawn stevens

The article did say that, you should pay closer attention.

Here in San Francisco, Fall

By lenomatic1

Here in San Francisco, Fall shows up w/Arctic Terns stopping by on migration South, pole to pole, BIG migration. xoxoxo, L

I love the change of seasons.

By grannurse

I love the change of seasons. When my grandson was 4 yrs he asked why the trees changed. Trying to explaine so a 4 yr. old could undeersta, I told him in the fall trees are puting on thier pj's, in the winter they were asleep, and in the spring when they woke up, they were green again.
I've really noticed the birds flocking togeather. Fall is on the way

The first signs of fall I see

By benni1023fm

The first signs of fall I see every year is wolf spiders and wood spiders moving into my house. I love fall, but absolutely hate spiders. There's been four meet untimely deaths so far, there'll be 50 more at least before the snowflakes fall.

I'm with you on the spiders.

By carole j. heffley

I'm with you on the spiders. I don't want to hurt any piece of life, but the spiders simply cannot live in my house with me in it too! Grandson Jack and I noticed quite a few huge yellow and black spiders in the individual webs outside this week. They're coming closer . . .

Spiders are very beneficial

By Sylned Hamilton

Spiders are very beneficial to our enviromnent, I never hurt one...

Watching a web glitter in the

By Zenquieth

Watching a web glitter in the fall morning sunlight and bounce with a gentle breeze should be enough to make anyone appreciate the skill of this creature who even lives in Kings palaces--let's give'm there space.

No way, not me and spiders.

By lorein

No way, not me and spiders. I visited orlando,fl., and came back with mrsa from a spiderbite

what the hell!! U need to go

By heir apparent lathan Watts-reigntree

what the hell!! U need to go to the store and by some raid bombs and set them off in ur house every two weeks or once a month all through out the fall and winter season mate. All of them will die :-D

The poplars around here (West

By jlanham

The poplars around here (West Virginia) are always the first to turn, followed by maples. The poplars have been yellowing and losing leaves for about 3 weeks or better. Temps all summer have been really High, but its beginning to feel more normal now with highs in the 70's and lower 80's, lows from the upper 40's to lower 60's. And than goodness the grass growth has slowed :)

A fall nip was in the air in

By jw

A fall nip was in the air in the flatwoods of Fla this past weekend. What a blessing it was. Great working in the yard and pasture. Really enjoy getting our fall garden ready to plant.

Yes, fall is coming. The

By Papooseman

Yes, fall is coming. The first sign typically noticed in the northeast is the migration of the Nighthawk. They are already on the move.

Here where I live in MA the

By rickilees

Here where I live in MA the trees are still green and I still hear the peepers at night as well as cicada's during the day. We have has cooler nights (upper 50"s) and the days haven't been out of the 70's all week. My window looks out over the woods and I am looking forward to seeing the color change in the leaves.

in neo the fall transition

By idlegrandpaAnonymous

in neo the fall transition seems to be a month early.but I do enjoy it

Fall is coming

By Eric E

Fall is coming

Here where I live in MA I

By rickilees

Here where I live in MA I still am hearing the peepers and cicada's. The leaves are still green. The only thing that is telling me the season is changing is it's been in the 50's at night which is nice to sleep in. The days haven't been out of the 70's for the past week.

Here in Southern Ontario, the

By CousinLinda

Here in Southern Ontario, the days are getting slightly cooler, and the nights are definitely lots cooler!

I love everything about OFA

By Feistyfdlr

I love everything about OFA and Autumn! I just wish we could have 4 months of Autumn temps and colors, unfortunately we get to look forward to temps over 100+ for another month here Central AZ:(

in Missouri, nights are

By tessmck

in Missouri, nights are becoming a little cooler, and heat-stressed trees are starting to turn.

Now this is some very

By Maryjane

Now this is some very interesting information. I really learned a lot by reading these questions and answers. Thank you so much for publishing this educational information. There is much here to absorb.

I absolutely love it when

By Maryjane

I absolutely love it when fall comes. It is my favorite time of year. I cannot wait to break out my sweaters and hoodies. Thank you for this report and I can't wait to read more from you.

 

 

If we see the legalism of an casino online anytime soon I will wager at the slot machines but only the ones that are honest.

I agree Maryjane ,it`s my

By kelly59

I agree Maryjane ,it`s my favorite time of yr too,I love the smell in the air ,the beauty of the changing leaves ,and the cool nights........my cats love it too!!

Even though I am in Florida,

By Lileddie32

Even though I am in Florida, I notice the mornings being just a tad cooler. By cooler I mean not so humid! But, it is nice. In a few weeks when the evening weather cools, too, my cats also love it. They get almost as frisky as their mama!

I see flocks of migrating

By Kamia Taylor

I see flocks of migrating birds wheeling overhead and sometimes dropping down onto the pond to rest for a bit; the male hummers have left; and the air feels crisper somehow.

even in texas at some point

By Katherine Lewis

even in texas at some point you can catch a scent of autumn on the breeze. of course the heat here does not end until way later, being from kansas i have a keen sense of the air. autumn is the best time of year!

You're obviously not a

By ac clark

You're obviously not a teacher.
I Love Summer!

And you're obviously not from

By OctoberRust on September 1

And you're obviously not from Texas!

I bet a lot of Texans count the seconds on their watches until Autumn. Talk about extreme summers.

The "temperatures" in the southwest are higher. The "humidity" in Florida is higher. But Texas has just enough of them both to make it unbearable for most people.

100+ with high humidity is enough to make many people have a heat stroke. I can tolerate 90 degrees of Florida heat and 110 of Vegas heat but when you mix the two... it's just deadly.

I wish that would happen in

By Alfonso Duncan

I wish that would happen in Houston nowadays ... we are facing another week of 100+ F.

Hot out in Los Angeles

By Eric E

Hot out in Los Angeles too,downtown on Saturday got to 103°!!

We live in Houston,

By Marybeth Shipley

We live in Houston, too....but i see a cool front on the horizon Monday the 26th, let's hope and pray! take care neighbor!

It is 76 degrees right now in

By Brenda Gail DeBerry

It is 76 degrees right now in Fort Worth. Thank goodness summer is over for us. High of 83 today.

Wow! Y'all have it HOT! Here,

By Dan Alsip

Wow! Y'all have it HOT! Here, near the heart of Indiana, we're bracing for a 40 degree night! Signs of fall here are the sales on furnace filters and the RISE of heating oil prices! $4.00 a gallon this year, needing 250 gallons TWICE to get us through the winter, into spring! But, we're still going to enjoy our fall colors and all the increased critter activity!

Have you tried to search

By Anonysmous

Have you tried to search information on google?

Yeah I see a cool front also

By shuz zoolander

Yeah I see a cool front also it will only be in the upper 90"s instead of 100 what a cool down!

I wish that would happen in

By Alfonso Duncan

I wish that would happen in Houston nowadays ... we are facing another week of 100+ F.

The first signs of fall I see

By farmerboy96

The first signs of fall I see is when I smell a lot more wood stoves burning. My dad and I love that smell! Also, I see leaves changing colors and the nights creeping up on me earlier and earlier each day.

I AWOKE THIS MORNING IN

By KODIAKCON

I AWOKE THIS MORNING IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW, AND THOUGHT IT WAS CLOUDY AND OVERCAST. A FEW MINUTES LATER I SAW THE RISING SUN CASTING LONG SHADOWS AND BLAZING STREAKS ACROSS MY BACKYARD (THE NORTH FORTY)...IT WASN'T CLOUDY AFTER ALL, IT JUST WASN'T DAYBREAK YET!!!

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