Happy equinox

by ARTiFactor on Sep. 22nd, 2008

Summer is over
The northern autumnal equinox takes place today, Monday, Sept. 22nd, at 15:44 UT (12:44 a.m. CDT) when the sun crosses the celestial equator heading south for the year.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Gene's picture
Gene says:

Summer has been over for three weeks. Meteorologists mark September 1st as the first day of fall. The rest of us go with the day after Labor Day. The autumnal equinox, while interesting, is an epiphenomenon. Seasons are defined by the temperature of the air, not the light in the sky.

posted on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 9:03am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I have been hot enough in recent days to contemplate going up into my attic and bringing the fans back down. We are still leaving our windows and the door to the upstairs deck open all night.

posted on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 9:07am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It's been cool over here. But this is weather, not climate, and weather is always highly variable. On average, the warmest quarter of the year -- the only reasonable definition of "summer" -- ends Sept. 3.

posted on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 9:35am
Lettgirl's picture
Lettgirl says:

Lett girl
I use another solar gauge - how quickly my clothes dry on the clothesline and where I need to put them for maximum drying. There was a significant difference in location and duration of sunlight on my clotheslines yesterday, but drying was achieved fairly quickly. I did dry out clothes from a late summer canoe trip in the first full week of September, and they dried quickly and relatively close to the shed and spruce tree. Now, that area is well-shaded almost all day and drying does not do well there.
Anyone else out there use solar drying? If so, what is your window of best drying? I start in April and end in November.

posted on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 4:12pm
bryan kennedy's picture

I dry my clothes this way also but doubt I can use it as a measure of the seasons since my clotheslines are in my basement on the north west side of my building. But I like this as a measure of the seasons for sure.

posted on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 11:08pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I would suspect that wind would also play a role in how quickly clothes dry in the sun, as well as air temperature and humidity. The "strength" of the Sun (i.e. it's position in the sky) would also be a factor.

posted on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 9:29pm

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