According to my Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar, today is the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere. It’s officially known as the autumnal (fall) equinox. It’s my favorite time of year. Of course I say that on the first day of spring too. I can never decide.
What’s fun when you blog, is you find yourself keeping up with people from around the world. Today I thought I was celebrating the first day of spring as well with Sarah the Gardener, The Contented Crafter, Teddy and Tottie, and the Road the Serendipity but further reading tells me that September 23rd is their official spring (vernal) equinox.
Our wedding day 19 years ago landed on the first day of fall, however it was September 23rd, not the 22nd. Now my head hurts. I checked out a couple of sites today and got differing answers:
An excerpt from Timeanddate.com says:
Fall is called autumn in many countries
Fall equinox, Northern Hemisphere:
September equinox 2014:
September 23, at 02:29 UTC
(USA & Central America, Asia, Canada, Europe, Northern Africa)
Fall equinox, Southern Hemisphere
March equinox 2015:
March 20, at 22:45 UTC
(Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)
The Old Farmer’s Almanac website says:
In 2014, the autumnal equinox brings the fall season to the Northern Hemisphere on: September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT.
Math isn’t my strong point, so while trying to work this out in my head I discovered The World Clock – Time Zone Converter and now it all makes sense. Using UTC or Coordinated Universal Time, the first day of fall in California is technically September 23rd.
Happy Equinox, wherever you presently call home.
I’m going to rake a few leaves and then sit down with a hot cuppa. All these math calculations hurt my brain.