Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Equinox Thoughts

      Tomorrow is the first day of fall and it usually causes me to stop and think about seasons,weather and time.  The Equinox seems to be a very definite line between summer and fall. One minute it's summer and the next minute it's fall. In reality we've been sliding into fall for quite a few weeks. Our weather has been more variable. We get cooler nights and daytime highs are not as sizzling. The cold northern air is pushing south and mixing with warm air. The two air systems don't like each other so they
fight and push back and forth.. Sometimes one wins and then the other wins. Guess what? We have cool days and warm days. Now when I wake up in the morning it's not very light. I don't have enough time to go for a bike ride after supper unless I want to ride in the dark. Daylight is much less than a few weeks ago.

     So things have been changing and we have  a line to mark the changes. So when the sun shines directly on the equator we have the term equinox to describe the situation.

     Here the sun rose at 7:21 and set at 19:33 which gives us 12 hours and 12 minutes of sunlight. Our days are rapidly getting shorter.

    With the fall Equinox I always think about September. September gives us some interesting times. We see some vivid colors. We see plants that have become inactive. We have some good things and some bad things. We can have very pleasant warm weather and it's been known to snow here in September. Other people like September because they say it's not too hot or too cold. September seems to be a  time to finish summer.

   Where ever you are I hope you are enjoying some gentle September weather.

    There are songs that roll around in my head for September. My favorite is Neil Diamond's September Morn. Do you have a favorite September song. There are many of them.



  

28 comments:

  1. The equinox is also when the days and nights are of equal length. Now the days will be shorter than the nights until we make it all the way to the first day of winter, when the nights will be longest and the days shortest. And then it all starts over again! :-)

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    1. ... and don't we all look forward to the days increasing in sunlight.

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  2. The shoulder seasons are my favourites! Lovely day yesterday!

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    1. I've never heard the term shoulder season before! Makes sense.

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  3. It's not too bad here but is getting a bit nippy. Time to look out a hat.

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    1. We've had a couple of light frosts.

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  4. I'm just glad it's finally here! I sound like a broken record, but I really am!
    Have a wonderful day Red!

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    1. Well, I really do like summer so I don't know if I'm happy or not.

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  5. I'm wearing shorts. It is warm enough to maybe swim, I should have felt the water when I was down on the pond.

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    1. The water here is very cold. No swimming in the lakes.

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  6. My aunt, who farmed most of her life, would say that the first day of a season would show which way the rest of the season would go. It's pleasant and sunny here today.

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    1. Many of the old sayings had something to back them up.

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  7. I love "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire.

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  8. waiting for our cool-down and hopefully some healing rains, too. still hitting mid-90s, hot and dry here in texas.

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  9. I love fall! We will celebrate the equinox tonight by dancing in the moonlight -- if the clouds go away in time.

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    1. Well, that's a super way to celebrate.

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  10. I love the autumn season. It's my second favourite next to spring.

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    1. I just like the long days which are May, June and July.

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  11. It gets so hot and humid here I always welcome Fall with open arms.

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  12. I had never heard of the word equinox, had to look it up and still don't quite understand it, a complicated item for me.

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  13. Hi Red, One of my favorites is September Song sung by Willie Nelson. You can listen here ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7810J78TmbU
    Wow, I see in the comments where you have already had a couple of frosts. Is that early or just normal? Here in Seattle it seemed like all the hot weather just disappeared all at once and it has been quite nice and cool for almost three weeks, but we haven't gotten close to a frost yet. The way you talk about the equinox makes me wonder if you are interested in astronomy. I'll bet Red Deer is a good place for dark skies, if not in town, out on the edge must be great. By the way, are you going to try to see the eclipse of the Supermoon next week? Here's a link to info by NASA ...
    http://tinyurl.com/ob3wt42

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    1. Great song and I like Willie Nelson. A few frosts in sept are common. Frost in aug. would be rare but it happens. I am interested in astronomy but not in a big way. We are between two large cities and we are 100000 so there's lots of light. We would have to go to the east to get dark skies. Now having said all that we can see stuff in town and it makes it easier if you have a sky app. I will try to watch the eclipse.

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  14. How about The September Song?

    September always reminds me of seeing the fresh faces in my classroom and wonderful cooler weather.

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    1. Great song! Yes, september was always a school beginning.

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  15. Happy fall! We are definitely having a nice-weather September but the nights are getting cold and I guess my vegetable garden's days are numbered. The frost was much earlier last year, but at this point, we have yet to have one!

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