Summer is officially over, and it’s the first day of fall, Actually, we don’t enter the new season officially 9:04 p.m. eastern, 6:04 p.m. pacific. Here are some fun fall facts to help mark the changing of the seasons.
1. The first day of fall – or the “autumn/autumnal equinox” – is almost always on the 22 or 23 of September. Sometimes it’s the 21 or 24 because of Leap Years, but not often. The last time was in 1931, and it won’t happen again until 2092.
2. “Equinox” means “equal night.” But we don’t really get exactly 12 hours of daytime today, more like 12 hours, 10 minutes. There IS a day when it happens though, called the “equilux“. For most of the U.S., it’s next Monday or Tuesday.
3. The word “fall” comes from an old saying, that is pretty obvious: the “fall of leaves.” A poet in England used it in the 1600s, and it caught on for a minute. Americans kept saying it and shortened it to “fall.” But most British people, and many in the New England states say “autumn.”
4. Fall foliage is about to hit hard in many parts of the country. We see it slightly in the desert, but it’s nothing compared to other Midwestern towns where the trees transform into an ombré of colors. The site SmokyMountains.com posts a map each year that shows when to expect it. Northern states should start to peak in early-to-mid October. A few southern states won’t peak until mid-November.
5. Exactly how many leaves fall every year? It’s impossible to know, but someone tried to estimate it anyway. Two-hundred-billion trees in the U.S. . . . with 200,000 leaves each. So around — wait for it — 40 QUADRILLION leaves! As someone who hates math, and has no reason to doubt this speculative, and brilliantly simple equation, I still feel it’s probably way off.
Some other ways you know fall is here:
Charlie Sheen is snorting pumpkin spice.
There’s a “nip in the air” – and it has nothing to do with a Kardashian selfie.
Nick Cannon announces he’s going to be a father again. Wait, no – that’s just a day.
Leaves are starting to turn the color of George Hamilton (look him up on the google machine, kids).
It’s football time – and you’re a Detroit Lions fan. (Ok, maybe just Carla…)
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