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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
In 2020, the June solstice occurs on Saturday, June 20, marking the start of summer in the Northern...
5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2020?
When do all of the four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter—start and end? Here are your...
The Reason for the Seasons
What causes our four seasons—spring, summer, winter, fall? People puzzled over this for centuries...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
On the spring equinox, does the Sun rise due east and set due west? Are day and night equal? Bob...
5 Signs of Spring: Birds, Peepers, and Tree Buds
Every year, we patiently look for the first signs of spring in the air—leaves budding, birds...
Daylight Saving Time 2020: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time starts on the 2nd Sunday in March—that’s Sunday, March 8, 2020! See details...
Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday...
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.” ...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
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...
First Signs of Autumn
Signs of autumn are in the air. Anyone who’s sweated their way through a long hot summer might be...
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...
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,...