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Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Ever wonder why leaves change color? Did you know that fall’s vivid colors are actually hidden...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
The June solstice—the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere—occurs this year on Saturday, June...
The Reason for the Seasons
What causes our four seasons—spring, summer, winter, fall? Why do our seasons change? You might...
Daylight Saving Time 2019: When Does the Time Change?
When does Daylight Saving Time 2019 end? Find dates here—as well as the history of Daylight Saving...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
Autumnal Equinox 2019: The First Day of Fall
In 2019, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—is Monday. On this...
First Signs of Autumn
Signs of autumn are in the air. Anyone who’s sweated their way through a long hot summer might be...
5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2019-2020?
When do the four seasons—autumn, winter, spring, and summer—start? Here are your equinox and...
September Gardening Tips
After Labor Day, I can feel and see the slowing of photosynthesis as plants wind down their season...
2019 Fall Weather Forecast
Our 2019 Fall Forecast is updated to cover both the first half of autumn as well as the second half...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
This year, the vernal equinox falls on Wednesday, March 20. Are day and night equal on this day?...
5 Signs of Spring: Birds, Peepers, and Tree Buds
Isn’t it nice to wake up and hear the birds singing? If you observe closely, the first signs of...
What To Do With Fall Leaves
We don’t call it “fall” around here for nothing. If lots of leaves have fallen in your yard, why...
Indian Summer: What, Why, and When
In the fall, it seems that almost any warm day is referred to by most people as “Indian summer.” ...
2018 Fall Weather Forecast: Snow Before Halloween?
This summer is now tied with the summer of 1934 as the fourth hottest on record in the United...
Another Year in Haiku
The Japanese poetic form called haiku seems perfectly tailored as a discipline for someone who...
A Journey Through the Seasons: In Celebration of our 225th Anniversary!
Celebrate the seasons with this beautiful collection of seasonal photos shared by Almanac readers—...
Summer Solstice Full Moon in June!
On June 20, 2016, the Full Moon appears on the same night as the summer solstice! It’s rare, all ...
Calendars and How We Count the Years
Why do we start the calendar year in January? How do we determine when a calendar year begins? Eras...
Spring has arrived—late! Here it is May and we have already had a snowstorm that dumped 5 inches as...
Chow Time: Autumn and the Munchies
Days are getting shorter. Temperatures are getting cooler. Leaves are falling. And appetites are ...
An Almanac Minute: The Winter Solstice
Got a Minute? Learn about the Winter Solstice–facts, folklore, and more! NOTE: In the year 2013,...
Change of Season Celebrations
For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of season and then celebrated with...