Summer is officially gone. Today is the first day of fall, or the autumnal equinox.
But what exactly is the autumnal equinox?
Equinoxes fall on the halfway point between solstices and occur, according to the Washington Post, "when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of roughly equal length, everywhere in the world."
The nearly equal 12 hours of light and darkness can be attributed to the Earth's lack of an axial tilt on the day of the equinox. In fact, the word equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night.
In Coventry, according to sunrisesunset.com, the sun will come up at 6:34 a.m. and set at 6:45 p.m on the autumnal equinox. As you notice, that is not actually a perfect 12 hours of light and darkness. As timeanddate.com reports, this is because of issues such as light refraction and other reasons.
See ya next year, summer. Hello fall, and happy autumnal equinox!
Here's the weekend forecast according to the National Weather Service:
- Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
- Saturday Night: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 p.m. Increasing clouds, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
- Sunday: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
- Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. North wind around 7 mph.