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An Almanac Minute: The Autumnal Equinox

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Got a minute? Enjoy this short video about the autumnal equinox—and tell us what signals the season of fall to you!

Note: The autumnal equinox usually falls on September 22 or 23. This video reflects the 2013 information.

For this year's date and time, click here for our first day of fall page.

Comments

I KNOW IT'S FALL WHEN THE SUN

By Maurice Loiselle

I KNOW IT'S FALL WHEN THE SUN SETS ALONG THE HORIZON, DEAD CENTER BETWEEN WINTER AND SUMMER SOLTICES.

I know autumn is here when

By Ronald LaCourse

I know autumn is here when the condensation sits on the automobile windows regularly night after night and the chill in the air is persistent.

You know its autumn when the

By Dave Ragion

You know its autumn when the dog starts sleeping on the bed again, instead of finding cool tile or hardwood.

..geese headed to fresh cut

By Bob Malkoski

..geese headed to fresh cut corn fields

I live in the Northwest and

By Teresa Liljenquist

I live in the Northwest and when I see the blue aphid flying around my backyard, I know the leaves will be changing in a few days and autumn is here.

I live in New York State and

By mra823

I live in New York State and I know it's fall when I wake up in the morning and it's still dark out, and the morning air is crisp and cool. Also, I know it's fall when the leaves start changing color, and when my garden is full of old, dead vegetable plants from the recent summer.

Can't believe 38F is forecast

By Bill Fay

Can't believe 38F is forecast for tomorrow pm. Leaves been falling 2 weeks ,no color change. last 12 months warmest I can remember. Looks like we are in for it this winter.Shopping for snowblower now.

When it's apple picking time

By WestWitch NE

When it's apple picking time and you need to wear a jacket in the morning.

Here in Las Vegas, NV, Fall

By Max Moss

Here in Las Vegas, NV, Fall begins when the Summer temps finally fall below 100!

When the bushtits start

By KatNJ

When the bushtits start flocking at the EMPTY suet feeder and giving me the stink-eye, I know it's fall and time to stock up on birdfood.

In the Central Valley of

By BadMsM

In the Central Valley of California, Fall begins with the various harvests, but weatherwise it's when the temps drop below 80 during the day, and the rainy season starts (usually late October-mid November)

Here in Ky, when the nights

By Jeanie Kinman

Here in Ky, when the nights start getting cool, apples and pumpkins show up at Roadside markets, I know fall is here.

The gathering of the birds to

By Nebraska Dave

The gathering of the birds to fly south for the winter marks the beginning of fall for Nebraska.

..without a doubt, here in

By badweatherjohn

..without a doubt, here in northeastern NC, the smell of peanut dust when harvesting peanuts

I live in the Midwest and its

By ladykspiderclan

I live in the Midwest and its when my all-summer hummers leave; the sky turns a more purple blue; and you walk out that first morning into a crisp, sort of fogginess down by the pond.

When I see the leaves

By Betty Mikel

When I see the leaves starting to fall, wooly-worms crossing the road and birds start flocking. I know Fall is just around the corner.

Fall arrives for me when the

By Rhonda Marsh

Fall arrives for me when the perfect combination of things arrive--a crisp, cool day, cool enough to build the first fire, trees kissed with the bright, festive colors that celebrate the season, and the aromas of simmering chili, crackling logs, and mulled cider that welcome you into our home--FALL is our family's favorite season!!

woolyworms

By ohio

woolyworms

I live in the Mid South and

By Michael Moore 2

I live in the Mid South and Autumn usually arrives here in late September or early October with cool, crisp mornings and evenings, loads of ripened apples, pears and persimmons. Autumn usually grips our area with the cool Friday evening prep football games, the opening of season for squirrel hunting and bow deer hunting and cool, crisp Saturday mornings in which we can do our autumnal yard house jobs in much cooler weather. Yard sales predominate the main roads and outskirts of local towns and festive events begin to take place county wide throughout the area. Our church celebrates its homecoming services in October, each year as do many other organizations in our area. I love autumn!

i live in the north east and

By pam d.

i live in the north east and its those cool crisp days with ripe apples on the trees and tons of pumpkins to harvest. my favorite time of year.

I live in Arizona and Autumn

By Kaarina

I live in Arizona and Autumn begins for me when the Rufus hummingbirds pass through on their way south. And my pomegranates ripen. Yum!

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