Ok, bad jokes about our news vehicles aside, today is the first official day of Fall! That means it is also the Autumnal Equinox, but what does that mean? Grab something pumpkin spice flavored and relax, because we have the explanation.
The Vernal (Spring) and Autumnal (Fall) Equinoxes happen on the first day of Spring and the first day of Fall each year. Equinox, Latin for "equal night", thus is the mark for when, roughly, the entire world will see an equal amount of daylight to darkness. On this day the sun's rays hit the equator straight on, as opposed to at an angle, resulting in an even distribution of sunlight across the globe.
This angle also results in a straight on alignment between the sun and roads that run east to west, so you might noticed a little more sun glare this morning and evening than at other times of the year. So this can make a good reminder to clean the smudges from your cars windshield, or to throw a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle if you don't have one.
There's always a downside isn't there? Well for us, and all of the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox marks the last day, until the Vernal Equinox, where we will see more, or equal, sunlight to darkness. From here on out the days will be shorter than the nights, the temperatures will get colder, the leaves will change, and we will all know that Winter is on the way.
So get out and enjoy the sunlight, while we still have it. The days are only going to get shorter from here.
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