Happy First Day Of Fall, What You Need To Know
There is something about Fall that is so special the crispness in the air, football, hockey, sweaters, a nice fire, fall festivals I could go on and on. Yep, I love Fall.
The first minute of fall depends on what time zone you're in. Fall tonight at exactly 9:54 P.M. Eastern 8:54 P.M. Central 7:54 P.M. Mountain and 6:54 P.M. Pacific. So even though they say this is the first day of fall it really doesn't start until tonight.
It's known as the Autumnal Equinox, and it occurs because Earth spins on a tilted axis. Without that tilted axis, we wouldn't have different seasons.
The word equinox comes from two Latin words meaning "equal night." And most places on Earth will see the same amount of daylight and night tomorrow, 12 hours of each.
In the Northern Hemisphere, our daylight hours will get shorter every day until the Winter Solstice, which happens on Friday, December 21st this year. And the days will suddenly seem really short once Daylight Saving Time ends on November 4th. Yes, it will get darker earlier and stay darker longer.
You can call it fall or autumn. Both are correct, but the word autumn has been around longer.