Fall Officially Begins This Saturday

Fall is here and fall weather is coming...

The official start of the Autumnal Equinox will be this Saturday, at 10:50 a.m. The equinox occurs when the tilt of the axis of the earth is vertical in relation to the sun, the earth is neither tilted toward or away from the sun, with the sun is centered on the earth's equator.

So on Saturday, the day and night will be very close to 12 hours each. Today we had a sunrise of 7:22 and sunset of 7:34, so you can see the days are getting close to 12 hours right now. On the day of the autumnal equinox, the sun rises and sets around 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (the time varies for several reasons and increases as you go toward the poles) everywhere on earth. Here, it will rise around 7:23 a.m. due to the fact we follow Daylight Savings Time, without it, the sun would be rising at 6:23 a.m. 

If you're a meteorologist, fall started on Sept. 1 and this is called Meteorological Fall which will last from September though November. 

On a little side note, Fairbanks Alaska is losing around six minutes a day of sunlight right now, where we are only losing about two minutes a day, so it could be worse here! 

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North Georgia Weather September 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
There's something about the crisp clear air that feels great. Almost time for a fire in the fire pit!
Sharon Swanepoel September 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Ahh, and now we've come full circle and we're back on Fall. Happy Fall, everyone. I'm looking forward to some beautiful weather!
North Georgia Weather September 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Wow, chilly this morning! I hit a low of 43.0º F this morning at 6:36 am and it's still 43.4º F 7:25 am. nice way to start fall! Expect to warm up to around 76º F later today and then a slow warm-up through the next several days.
Tommy Hunter September 24, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The Weather Channel has gotten up this morning and decided that all that talk about a wetter and cooler than normal fall/winter and a moderate to strong el nino isn't gonna happen. I really despise these guys and their "forecasting". http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/late-fall-early-winter-outlook-20120924
North Georgia Weather September 25, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I'm not a big fan of the Weather Channel, nor are the vast majority of people that are knowledgeable about the weather. Back when they got started they were actually pretty good though. I tell people to find other sources (like DaculaWeather.com! :-)) for weather. Anyway... my buddy Larry as similar thoughts, here's what he had to say: "I agree that the odds are against a +PDO in DJF. However, I'm still giving it a 1 in 3 chance. (As I've been saying) if we can get a +PDO/-NAO combo together with what I expect to be a weak Nino peak (which we already know followed a Nina), the prospects for a cold winter would be much higher than average. (Actually, even a -PDO/-NAO with a weak Nino following a Nina would give us good prospects...cold on average but not as cold as +PDO/-NAO..but with better snowfall prospects than average)." Nothing has really changed too much.


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