Autumnal Equinox 2018: First Day of Fall

When is the First Day of Fall 2018?

Autumnal Equinox - Fall Road

The autumnal equinox or September equinox next falls on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Here’s everything you need to know about the equinox and signs of the equinox in nature.

When is the Autumnal Equinox?

Specifically, the Northern Hemisphere marks the autumnal equinox on Friday, September 22, 2018, at exactly 9:54 P.M. EDT.  

Year Autumnal Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)
2017 Friday, September 22
2018 Saturday, September 22
2019 Monday, September 23

What is the Autumnal Equinox?

The Autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox—is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). 

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” (just imagine the line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky) from north to south.

Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator. At this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.

Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights.

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

–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

What’s in store for your winter weather? Order your copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Japanese maple leaf in fall

Why Aren’t Days and Nights Equal?

Nights and days actually aren’t perfectly equal on the equinox, as in 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. The split may be off by a few minutes. Why does this happen?

It depends on where you live. On the autumnal and vernal 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 Almanac astronomer, George Greenstein, “If the Sun were to shrink to a star-like point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have ‘equal nights.’”

Does the Sun rise due east and set west at the equinox? See more odd equinox facts from astronomer Bob Berman!

What Falling Leaves Indicate

There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.” This means that leaves that hang onto the tree indicate a colder winter to come. Or, perhaps you just haven’t had enough windy days! But look on the bright side—you get to look at the beautiful autumn foliage for a little bit longer. Learn why autumn leaves change color.


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!

Plants and trees are slowing down, as sunlight decreases. However, in the garden, asters and chrysanthemums bloom beautifully as orange pumpkins and corn mazes abound. Baseball season hits the homestretch, while football season is just warming up.

Halloween and Thanksgiving carry us through the season until temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters start storing up for the long haul of winter

Of course, you can you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets. See our sunrise/set tool for your backyard!

Also, notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day as it starts shifting south. Birds and butterflies migrate along with the path of our Sun!

How do you know that fall is coming? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Purple Aster
New England Aster.

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 (192286)

To learn more about the four seasons and see when they begin, see First Day of Seasons.

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Fall lasts 4 months, and Christmas lasts 3 weeks. I decorate for fall. The nativity is enough for Christmas.
"September" by Helen Hunt Jackson
1 The golden-rod is yellow;
2 The corn is turning brown;
3 The trees in apple orchards
4 With fruit are bending down.

5 The gentian's bluest fringes
6 Are curling in the sun;
7 In dusty pods the milkweed
8 Its hidden silk has spun.

9 The sedges flaunt their harvest,
10 In every meadow nook;
11 And asters by the brook-side
12 Make asters in the brook,

13 From dewy lanes at morning
14 The grapes' sweet odors rise;
15 At noon the roads all flutter
16 With yellow butterflies.

17 By all these lovely tokens
18 September days are here,
19 With summer's best of weather,
20 And autumn's best of cheer.

21 But none of all this beauty
22 Which floods the earth and air
23 Is unto me the secret
24 Which makes September fair.

25 'T is a thing which I remember;
26 To name it thrills me yet:
27 One day of one September
28 I never can forget.

The First day of Fall

This beautiful day will always be forever in my heart as the day I said "I do".

Outside with the changing leaves around us, my love and I became husband and wife.

We walked on a pathway of pumpkins and mums, to a floating stage of sunflowers.

Five years later and many memories made, we moved into our new home on the 22nd of September.


My Grandmother always said that it was never officially Fall until the Spider Lillies bloomed. I look for mine every year (they bloomed last week here). I think of her when I see them.

My animals tell me what kind of winter it's gonna be

When my cats and horses start getting thick coats early, I know the winter is gonna be COLD and hard. If they're slick up until Thanksgiving, I know a winter is gonna be mild.

Stink bugs! All over the

Stink bugs! All over the house. That's how I know fall is here.

How Do I Know It's Fall?

I know it's fall when the black walnut tree drops its green balls! We collect them and give them to our squirrels and chipmunks and they have a ball biting into them, running with them, storing them. The red squirrel is the quickest to grab them! : )

equal day and night

Wouldn't the day be slightly longer than the night, because of the diameter of the Sun? If it was a point source it would be exact, but it is not a point source.

day length

Daylight is longer than nighttime at the actual equinox, in part because the Sun is a disk, not a dot, and of the definition of sunrise and sunset, and therefore, length of day. Daytime is defined as beginning 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. So, that adds a little time (a few minutes) to daytime. If the Sun were a point, then we wouldn’t have those extra minutes. Also, because of our atmosphere, which bends light, the Sun appears a bit higher than it actually is. Therefore, it makes sunrise occur a little earlier and sunset a little later, which also adds a bit of time. How much time depends on latitude. It the Sun were a point, and we didn’t have atmosphere, then daytime and nighttime at the equinoxes would be 12 hours each.

For any day, you can find the rise and set times of the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as day length, for your area, at this page:

Hope this helps!

Autumn is coming

The darker early mornings that were once day. Especially around 6:30-7A.M.! Midday and early evening times seem more of a fall look in the sky as well. Some days, I smell the Autumn in the air around this time frame and it has that Autumn look and feel. Big giveaway is when the Georgia National Fair arrives in Perry, GA!! :0) Hope these helped or maybe someone else can relate to these signs I see and feel. Don't quote me on these! Just going by my OWN opinion!

How we know Fall is coming!

We live on a National Bicentennial Farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We're fairly remote where we are in Grayson County, and our farm is surrounded on all sides by mountains. Because of this, we are very attuned to nature, and wild life. The mountains make a giant calendar all around us, where we can pinpoint any time of year by where the sun sets and rises, and at night mark the change in the position of the Milky Way. Also because of the mountains around us, there's an abundance of wildlife, and we can mark the coming of Fall by their changes as well. The crickets drown out the dawn chorus of the birds as Summer winds down, and as Fall approaches, they go all day and night as opposed to just at night. The second most prominent wildlife change is that the Screech Owls become far more vocal at night, when I hear those, I know Fall is on it's way! The cows become fussier because it's usually dry here at the end of Summer, and there's less choice grass for them to eat, meaning they have to be moved more often. Finally, the mountains themselves begin to change. Long before the leaves themselves turn, the mountains go from lush uniform green, to a very faint, but discernible undertone of different colors barely visible under the green of the leaves. Fall and Winter are my favorite times of year here, and I look for these signs every year to let me know that my first favorite season is on its way! I'm listening to those crickets right now!!

Beautiful description

Love your essay! Your description of the mountains being your calendar is very charming! Enjoy the upcoming beauty!

Your essay

The most beautiful feeling I've ever had just became words from your fingertips. Thank you.


Please keep writing about all the seasons on your farm! It sounds like the perfect place to be to witness their changes, and you have a wonderful way of describing them. Thank you.

How We Know Fall is Coming by M.S. Greene

You my friend, have a Greene thumb for writing.


Sounds like you are living in Eden! Your descriptions are so evocative, I could just about smell the air where you are. You didn't need to attach a picture as you painted such perfect pictures in words, but I wish you had! Please share more! I'd like to think you feel pretty blessed to be on your place. Lovely, just lovely. Thank you.

when does winter start

when does winter 2016 start in South Florida?

When does winter start?

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter begins on December 21, 5:44 A.M. EDT. See our page about First Day of Winter here:   Note that how you define the first day of winter depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological winter. Most calendars (including ours) refer to the astronomical seasons which are a result of the Earth’s axis and orbit around the sun.


That's a good one Yarissa! Winter in South Florida. They have summer and a really long spring.

transplant trees/knock out roses

When can you trans-plant knock-out roses, boxwood trees and crept myrtle trees?
please advise,


My grandfather always said in the south east area of the united states "when pecan trees bud there will be no more frost !"

Thumping on the Roof Top

Thumping on the Roof Top

Though there be no sign in the leaves, Fall lets us know it's coming around- -the-been by the syncopation of acorns falling all around the yard and imitating hail on our roof. We have two large White Oaks, one in the front and the other in the back yard that start giving away a bonanza of fruit in the first week of September. The critters, squirrels and chipmunks respond like it was an invitation to a ball. They're actively eating, burying, hoarding, and chasing each other around as some kind of instinctual dance rite sponsored by Mother Nature herself. So in the Capitol Region of NY, before all the other undeniable aspects of Fall sets in, the oak trees and their acorns are first to announce the annual change of the season.

I assume twilight lasts about

I assume twilight lasts about the same for both the spring and fall equinoxes, and that summer twilight would be shorter than winter because in the summer the sun sets more perpendicular to the horizon than the winter.

Good theory??

"Come little Leavy", said the

"Come little Leavy", said the Wind one day, "Come over the meadow with me and play. Put on your dressy of red and gold, the summer's gone and the days grow cold."


Soon the little leaves heard the winds loud call and they tumbling one and all. Over brown meadows they danced and flew singing a little happy song they knew. Dancing and whirling the little leaves went, winter had called them and they were content. Soon fast asleep in their earthly beds ,the snow made a coverlet over their heads . My mom sang this to me years ago. Thanks for bringing back a great memory.

Ahh The first day of

Ahh The first day of fall..LOVE IT!And the Stores are already decorating for CHRISTMAS!Rediculous!

I love all the seasons

Fall starts tomorrow, no more jet skiing, riding my harley onto late evenings, BBQs, and so on.. Tomorrow I change with the seasons, dark sunglasses, leather boots, scarves, and the occasional cigar, fall is a time where I can reflect on mothers nature dark intimate beauty, I wish I could go on, good night every body.

i am going great on the fall

i am going great on the fall season but my allergies are bothering me much more all of the time thanks for the fall weather!!halloween is coming up thank goodness my birthday will be soon!!!!

What does autumn (which came

What does autumn (which came from the Latin autumnus) mean in English?

The English word "autumn,"

The English word "autumn," meaning the season between summer and winter, or the third season of the year, is thought to trace back to the Latin autumnus. However, no one really knows how the Latin word developed. The Oxford English dictionary says the Latin autumnus was also written as auctumnus and is "of doubtful etymology." Several etymology sources mention the word could possibly have come from augeo or auctum, meaning "to increase" or augment. Some say the word may have ultimately come from an Etruscan word. Autumnus may be interpreted as "season of increase."

Welcome Autumn - Let leaves

Welcome Autumn - Let leaves Fall , but I stand up and admire . I fall asleep earlier , and rise up as Sun rises .

The Autumn (Fall) is all

The Autumn (Fall) is all dressed up for the Ball and I'am going to dance <3 <3 <3

I live for autumn - my

I live for autumn - my favorite season! Every year I look forward to the sun shining brightly in our windows - but at a different angle than it did all summer. I also look forward to the bright clear days opposed to the very hazy days of our summer. These two signs tell me autumn is knocking at our door - and I welcome it!

Hello! Without a telescope,

Hello! Without a telescope, what do you see that harvest
moon worshippers can see between September 23rd, the Autumnal Equinox, and All Hallows EVE?

At 66 years of age, I am

At 66 years of age, I am between Boston, MA & C.Bus, OH., so I see a lot of different weather patterns. I have noticed, New England area getting LESS RAINS, past few years.

"The pleasure that is in

"The pleasure that is in sorrow", a poet has written, "is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself." Hence the beauty of the fall of the year, and hence our particular delight in the spectacle it presents to our senses. It's a spectacle of decline, deterioration, and bereavement -- a melancholy spectacle. We respond to it for that very reason. We love the fall because of it's melancholy, not in spite of it.

The sweet sadness of the year's end doesn't set in until most of the autumn leaves are gone from the trees. The autumn colors are too bright and too busy to have the effect, though they point to it. It's when the leaves are brown, and few, and the branches and the trunks of the trees are gray that they begin to produce the emotional tone of this season, the tone of loss. The low skies of November, the dun ponds and frozen brooks, are a dark setting.

But although the season has a sorrowful character, it isn't a depressing time. On the contrary: The atmosphere of these last weeks before winter comes is the antithesis of depression. The senses -- the feelings -- become more receptive, educated by the stripped-down, impoverished look of the land. Maybe the last leaves, long dead, that hang on the trees are few in number, but you consider each one of them. Maybe the subdued little salt-and-pepper birds of November don't know many songs, but they have a companionable presence the brighter summer birds lack. In a part of the year that witholds the occasions for high spirits, the pleasure that we take is the pleasure of reflection, and it's keen, because it goes down deep.

Thanks, John, for the

Thanks, John, for the reflection on autumn. Those with eyes to see and a heart to feel will resonate with your observation that each season presents object lessons our own lives must pass through. Really appreciate your thoughts and invite you to share mine on Thanks again and best wishes.

Is it true that the more rain

Is it true that the more rain you get during Spring and Summer the greater the Fall colors will be?

For spectacular fall color,

For spectacular fall color, trees should have healthy growing conditions for spring and summer. In general, a warm, wet spring followed by a moderate summer. Then in fall, they need sunny, dry, warm days followed by dry, cool nights with temperatures above freezing. Other factors that affect color include species, plant health, genetics, shade, and soil moisture and fertility. A dry summer, for example, may cause the leaves to drop too early before they change. Too much rain may cause health problems for the tree, which may also affect fall color.

Two points: I still don't

Two points: I still don't know which month Autumn officially starts - and getting down this page to enter my comment was hard work

I agree about this page not

I agree about this page not specifying the month of the Autumnal Equinox!

In 2015, the autumnal equinox

In 2015, the autumnal equinox falls on September 23 at 4:21 A.M. (ET). 

I love Autumn. It is my

I love Autumn. It is my favorite season. To me it is the time the trees show off their finest leaves and and the nicest smells of wood smoke, and crisp fall air. Leaves to rake and jump in with your child or grand children, and then a harvest dinner of winter squash, corn, chicken,and apple pie.Parties,popcorn balls,candy apples bonfires, and friends. I'm anticipating it with a quiet excitement. :-D

Me too! It seems people

Me too! It seems people around me want summer to never end but I love the fresh, crispness in the Fall air and being able to wear jeans again!

Born this time of year. I

Born this time of year. I appreciate it more as an adult. Yes, I can hardly wait. Hosting a bonfire on HollowEve!

My favorite season is autumn.

My favorite season is autumn. I love the crisp air in the morning. I love to see the harvest moon lighting my pastures. The barely there outline of my horses breath when they breath. I don't mind the shorter days, I like the dark. I love Autumn. For some reason it makes me feel calm and cozy. The smell of firewood, the softness of a big fuzzy blanket around me as I sip a hot cup of coffee on my porch.....Ugh, I can't wait. Unfortunately, here in Gettysburg our Autumns only last a short while. I would love to live where it feels like fall most of the year.

I love autumn too. Hot drinks

I love autumn too. Hot drinks fire place going. Wearing sweaters scarfs and leggings. Cuddling on couch watching movies with my family. I wish I had a porch that would be beautiful. You have horses as well, I bet it's beautiful where u live. I'm from California. I replied to your comment because your description sounds so beautiful. Thank you for sharing, enjoy your autumn

Thank you.. I hope you

Thank you.. I hope you enjoy yours as well ! sorry misspelled breathe

it literally just turned fall

it literally just turned fall today (sept 23) and i already feel a HUGE difference. like literally yesterday it felt like summer and today it feels like winter. is the weather supposed to change that fast on the specific date? just feels kinda weird that the weather would change like that ON the specific date.

Yeah same here feels like

Yeah same here feels like everything has just got alot different I love autumn its my favourite time of the year looking forward to this one! :)

By the way, daylight savings

By the way, daylight savings time doesn't make the days any shorter or longer. It just shifts the time of sunrise and sunset by an hour.
If we stayed on daylight savings time all year, here in Seattle it would stay light until 5:15pm at Christmas, but the sun wouldn't come up until 9 am. If we never went on DST, on July 4th the sun would set at 8:15pm, but it would rise before 4 am! The further north you go, the more extreme it gets.
I have been in Alaska the last week of June and you can read a newspaper outside at midnight. You need eyeshades to sleep. I haven't been there in winter, but I understand the darkness drives some people to drink.
In Hawaii you hardly notice the difference between November and August.

Despite seeing "Daylight

Despite seeing "Daylight Savings Time" in print from time to time, the proper term uses the word Saving (singular). It is one example of terms and words which, because of common usage (MISusage, actually) give the impression of being acceptable. However, good literary form requires "daylight-saving time." (See "The Associated Press Stylebook.")

Your comment brings to mind

Your comment brings to mind the MISusage of the expression of "Happy New Years". Drives me nuts! Now Bill, if I don't see you until 2015, I shall now wish you a Happy New Year!
P.S. Enjoyed your comment.

It's true the days begin to

It's true the days begin to get shorter starting on the first day of summer way back in late June. But, the rate of shortening continues to accelerate until the autumn equinox in late September. In July, daylight might get shorter by only a few seconds or so each day so we don't notice it. But now, we lose 2 minutes on each end of the day every day, so 4 minutes less sun per day. That is a full hour less daylight in only 2 weeks from Sept. 15 to Sept. 29! We really notice that. And then, when daylight savings time goes away on Nov. 2, we are driving home from work in the dark ;(

The first thing I notice are

The first thing I notice are the bats. They begin emerging earlier each night in late August into September. Each day they'll get out a little earlier than the night before, from around 9:30 in July to 7:30 by mid-September. I also notice little breezes from the Northeast and Wooly Worms :)

Sorry, "things"

Sorry, "things"

Dang. It is a little

Dang. It is a little upsetting to see how many people despise Daylight Saving. I LOVE Daylight Saving! I LOVE summer and am always sad when it ends. Daylight Saving meant more outdoor play time as a kid. It means feeling safer leaving work in the evening. I get a little down when I walk out to my car after work when it is so dark, especially when it rains and I cannot see the deeper puddles to avoid them.

Yes, agreed. Summer is so

Yes, agreed. Summer is so freeing--no matter what your interest, you are free to pursue it. Nature is pulsing, pushing our new fruits and vegetables.
The ocean is roaring.
It is so good.

Yes summer may be loved in

Yes summer may be loved in your state, but where I live I could never possibly love summer. In Florida I'm pretty sure nobody likes summer. It's hot and humid more than usual especially when it rains. The only thing I like about summer is vacation. When fall starts to come it gets a little cooler then when winter comes even more so! I celebrate winter time and the middle of autumn, that's when it really gets the coldest. I really only like two seasons autumn and winter. Summer is not the best here. I wouldn't visit Florida during that time if I were you

I grew up in Florida. I

I grew up in Florida. I haven't lived there for many years. But I still miss the summers I spent as a youth. It was hot but I don't remember it being a problem. Even without air conditioning!

I lived in the Northeast for

I lived in the Northeast for 33 years then Florida for the last 7. I don't like heat but I never understand when people say that it is humid. We are surrounded by water and trees. OMG, I recall the atrocious summers in the northeast. When you step outside, it feel like someone is literally choking you. We just have more sun in Florida. Of course, I prefer winter, here but I do not miss the humidity up north at all. When it's 85 here, it's about 98 or 100 humid degrees in Chicago, NY, Mass, PA etc. Please note the daily temperature in all those states as opposed to FL. It is so much more relaxing here. I could never sit under a tree up north during the summer but I do it here. There's always a breeze.

Florida is boring in the

Florida is boring in the cooler months. I love summer and spring here. More traveling and beaches. Recreation things to do. I only like warm winters. However, the government stinks here.

I love the early evening in

I love the early evening in the fall! It makes me want to be home out enjoying the cool early evening air for a bit, then inside to get warm with a warm meal. It reminds me of seeing the year pass by in school as a child, celebrating the holidays and events of the seasons as they pass by, rather than just having them pass by you once you are an adult with other responsibilities.

I agree! Not liking daylight

I agree! Not liking daylight savings time ... What?!?! I also am a summer girl! Always loving the out of doors & appreciating & DELIGHTING in the extra Light!!!!!

One of the things I love

One of the things I love about Autumn is the fact that the nights are getting longer. I'm not a fan of bright sun. I just wish that this Daylight Saving Time nonsense stopped for good. They keep changing the dates and experimenting with it. Either get rid of it completely or leave it alone. Well, being that tomorrow is the first full day of Autumn, it's time to make sure the gutters are clear, make sure the rake works, and to give the lawn one last feeding before its long Winter sleep.

Here in South Augusta,

Here in South Augusta, Georgia the tree called th water oak leaves just turn brown and fall. The only color we get is with the Maple, popular, and dogwood trees. I have had leaves falling since around 1st week of August, not much but enough to notice. By mid October I am working on getting leaves up until end of December or 1st week of January.

I love Fall because of the

I love Fall because of the seasonal festivities: Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and the holiday season to be. We don't get much in the way of color in the leaves here in San Diego. The temps drop a bit, and the air is a litter crisper. But here in the southland there is an old saying that San Diego has four seasons, contrary to popular belief. They are Summer, Late Summer, Early Summer, and Next Summer.
Now if any of you snowbirds are heading this way, would you mind bringing some snow with you. We are in a bad drought.

Happy Late Summer!
Hasta Luego.

When the squirrels are

When the squirrels are crossing the roads carelessly carrying a too-big acorn, and I have to stop and tell them, "Be careful, little buddy!", while they circle back 22 feet when the road edge was 2 feet away, hypnotized by nuts, I know it's Fall. And when firewood ignored for months seems important, when I get to feel stiff dungarees and there is decreasing danger of bees and the apple trees I never spray draw deer with grown fawns from the neighbor's unnatural lawns, they come to see me. It's not just my tree nor the apples that fall in the Fall.

Very nice description!! So

Very nice description!! So poetic.

Hi, thanks. I wish I changed

Hi, thanks. I wish I changed the last word to 'Autumn' instead of 'Fall', it would have fit better with 'lawn' and 'fawn'. I was a friend of Millay's sister Norma, She might have liked it. You are bright, have a good day, and a pleasant Autumn.

Squirrels / Tree Rats Tomato

Squirrels / Tree Rats
Tomato / Tomahto

Up here in Vancouver and

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 ♡

I love fall ♡

I LVU FALL more then any

I LVU FALL more then any thing i had a grandma born on fall day thats why i love falll

I've always loved spring and

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'm with you here in South

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

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

If u don't love it - leave it!

Please don't make it sound

Please don't make it sound like we are holding you hostage in Fl. You can leave at anytime and go live where you WANT to be!!

wowwe . Try freezing your

wowwe . Try freezing your b----ls off Christmas or cold drizzle on T-day sliding off the Ivey road in the freezing rain come on up north its fun

I would LOVE that. I HATE

I would LOVE that. I HATE cold. I am going to move to Florida soon. I'm done with Missouri winters. Ugh.

I've been in Chicagoland, too

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.

Robot, Having survived 11

Having survived 11 summers in Vegas, I can commiserate. Fall is what keep you sane May through Oct! I love fall, particularly now that I no longer live in the desert.

I understand why Northerners

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!

I totally agree with you Reno

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.

Vegas?? Sorry but you don't

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,

That goes double for

That goes double for Phoenix.
Not only do the daytime high temps stay over 100 for 3 months, the nighttime low temps seldom drop below 90.
Then you can add in the "monsoon" moisture that pushes dew points into the 60's almost every day. Not Florida humid, but pretty bad when paired with 110 degree heat.
So to summer I say each year: "Good Riddance"!

it becomes fall up here in

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

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 of said that any

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

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 couldn't agree with you

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!!!

Hey Marybeth Shipley, try

Hey Marybeth Shipley, try breaking your Prozacs in half for now on. Fall is as exciting or boring as any other season.

I LOVE the fall! It's the

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

I agreed with you is a wonderful feeling

autumn is colorful but sad to

autumn is colorful but sad to see the summer pass.

I know a lot of people love

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

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.

I love the fall season.

I love the fall season. Summer in the south is misserable. It would be nice to have fall and winter only.

Why did you Americans change

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.

from Wikipedia: The

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

The name Fall is actually a

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!

My birthday is on the spring

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?

I don't think the saason has

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

Its my belief that the

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 was born on the cusp Dec.

I was born on the cusp Dec. 21 and do not get along with Geminis who are my polar opposite. Sag/Caps have this problem sometimes. Don't know about spring equinox though.

my birthday is on the same

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

Well, here in upstate NY

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?

Dear Ms. Taratuchin,

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.


I live in arizona as well.

I live in arizona as well. And let's face it there's no such thing as autumn or spring here. It's either hot, cold, or we are having crazy amounts of rain and dust storms with the occasional tornado that happens like never. And it may not get as cold as some places like New York but it gets pretty cold here. People just assume that because it's a desert it's always hot, but that would be false. In some places it can get to 0° or lower, but mostly at night. The lowest I've seen it get here in the valley is about 20° but I think the record low here in Phoenix is 16°. And it can get as hot as 122° in Phoenix as well. And the record high for Arizona is 128° I believe. But like I said there really are only 3 seasons here winter summer and monsoon season.

Alexandra, My sentiments

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

A friend of mine does a seasonal autumn spread on her website. Nice fall pictures:

yes its called heaven !!!

yes its called heaven !!!

That was my answer, also!

That was my answer, also! Heaven...

Yeah i think so. Its our

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

Suriname a nice country in

Suriname a nice country in South America.

I'm from Upstate NY as well

I'm from Upstate NY as well and I completely agree with you. Autumn is pretty but only for a short time. Summers here are not long enough and spring really begins a month late. Winters here are long, dark, cold, and never seem to end. I hope someday that I am in the position to move someplace where summers are hot and winter is scarce.

North Central AZ! I am

North Central AZ! I am originally from Cooperstown, NY. Hated the cold. Went Vegas. Hated heat. Now in Cottonwood AZ. A little heat but short and not that bad. Cold is maybe an hour or two of freezing and then warm days. Perfect climate, lots of farming, green, trees and heaven. No earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes but a minor flood once in a while in the summer monsoon.
Fall here is gorgeous. High 80s day high 50s night. See the stars and no pollution to clog the lungs.

I think autumn is awesome in

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

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

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

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

You described it so beautifully!

Spring is definitely my

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

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....

I agree. I truly dislike

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

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

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

Interesting. I hate dst and

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 live in Arizona we do NOT

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

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.

It was Ben Franklin.

It was Ben Franklin.

I love and enjoy each season

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,

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

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!!!



I love the comment, "the

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

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!

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

Ilove the fall time of

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

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

That's correct. Starting at

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.



I can tell when autumn is

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!

Dear Mr. Pumpkin, I also love

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"

Ny fall in New England

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

I agree with you I live in

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

My favorite season! I too

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.

There is no Fall season like

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

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.



I agree. I live in

I agree. I live in MinneSNOWta too. I don't like fall because it means winter is on its way. I can't stand winter. It's too cold and too much snow. Every year, as I get older, it gets worse. The leaves changing colors are definitely pretty and I love the smell of the crisp cooler air...just don't like what follows. Winter sucks!! Fall....has its good points and its bad.


I also live in Minnesota. I love autumn, the leaves, the smells, the sweaters, fireplace, campfires etc, but here autumn does not last long and winter stays for a long time. I think our short Autumn really makes us appreciate the fall weather while we have it.

October 19th and the evenings

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

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

Hi, Brad, Good questions.

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:

What determins when the

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

Answer: Length of daylight.

Answer: Length of daylight. ;-}

Actually, it's more an effect

Actually, it's more an effect of the temperature, as it's the freeze that kills the chlorophyll not the hours of sunshine. However when there are more hours of sun it's more likely to give the chlorophyll a chance to rebound. Not to mention shortening the time it's exposed to the colder temperature.
God bless

Here in southern Ohio, the

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

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

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

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, stars in the sky!! @--)-- :O)

My Hummers are gone

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

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

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

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!!!!


Nothing like Wisconsin seasons :)

Love this time of year!

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

I would love to receive your emails and updates.

Hi, Meleca, Thanks! You can

Hi, Meleca, Thanks! You can sign up for our free e-newsletter updates on this page:

The one thing I DON'T hear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Thank you for the trip

Thank you for the trip through the Autumn signs. I was born just after the Virgo Libra cusp, and have always paid more attention to the season.
I love your description as it echoes within my soul.
Thank you and bless you

I live in the panhandle of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here in San Francisco, Fall

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.

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

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.

what the hell!! U need to go

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

Spiders are very beneficial

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

No way, not me and spiders.

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

Watching a web glitter in the

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.

I'm with you on the spiders.

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 . . .

The poplars around here (West

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

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

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

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

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

Fall is coming

Fall is coming

Here where I live in MA I

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

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

I love everything about OFA

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

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

Now this is some very

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

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.



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I agree Maryjane ,it`s my

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 cats love it too!!

Even though I am in Florida,

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

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

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!

I wish that would happen in

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

I wish that would happen in

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

We live in Houston,

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!

Yeah I see a cool front also

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

It is 76 degrees right now in

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,

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

Have you tried to search information on google?

I'm not in Houston, although

I'm not in Houston, although I used to be stationed in Texas. I'm in NH now. For us the 26th is this Friday, the day after my birthday. Either way I hope your cold front is cold and not a tease.

Hot out in Los Angeles

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

You're obviously not a

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

And you're obviously not from

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.

The first signs of fall I see

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.