Happy first day of Autumn! Monday, September 22, at 10:29 p.m. (EDT) is the Autumnal Equinox for 2014. This is the moment when the sun crosses the equator and we’ll begin to see more darkness than daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. Whether it has been chilly for weeks or there are still balmy summer-like temperatures, this day is the official start of autumn.
So what is the Autumnal Equinox? Essentially, our hours of daylight — the period of time between sunrise and sunset — have been growing slightly shorter each day since the Summer Solstice n June, which is the longest day of the year (at least in terms of light). Even after three months of shortening days, though, we still see more light than darkness over the course of a day.
The Autumnal Equinox marks the turning point, when darkness begins to win out over daylight. For the next three months, our hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter. At this equinox, day and night are approximately equal in length. The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin word aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night. An equinox occurs twice a year (Autumnal and Vernal).
Everywhere you look, you can see the visible changes as nature prepares for winter: birds are flying south, temperatures are getting cooler, leaves are changing colors, and animals’ coats are thickening, to name a few.
The first day of Autumn signals the last few weeks of winter home preparation. While we still have daylight hours, it’s a good time to ensure your gutters are secure and clear, ready to take on the coming rains. You still have time to add gutter protection to stop all those leaves from clogging your rainwater drainage system and possibly damaging your home’s roof or foundation. Be sure to take a list of the items you need when you visit your local home center. And ask for Amerimax products.
Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac