22 September 2016 – Happy First Day of Autumn!

LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL

Jim Lantern

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Unlike in the above wallpaper image, leaves have not yet started falling from trees here in Norman Oklahoma. That will probably happen here late October or early November. It will happen suddenly rather than gradually with most of the leaves falling in a single day, which is what has happened recent past few years. Last time it was like someone flipping a switch, like turning off a light. Cold front, clouds, strong wind gust front, blizzard of falling leaves, then sun coming back out with dead calm and dead leaves everywhere – some places knee deep.

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN!

The Equinox (for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) is officially at 9:21am CT [just happened as I write this] September 22, 2016, but… “On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”. However, even if this is widely accepted, it isn’t entirely true. In reality equinoxes don’t have exactly 12 hours of daylight.” And, “In the Northern Hemisphere, the September equinox marks the start of fall (autumn). Many cultures and religions celebrate or observe holidays and festivals around the September equinox.” However, checking the charts, Sunday September 25 is the closest to day equaling night at 12 hours 57 seconds of daylight. Thursday September 22 is the official First Day of Fall. Days become shorter after that of course, with the shortest day of the year at 9 hours 45 minutes 35 seconds – being the Winter Solstice 4:44am CT on Wednesday 21 December 2016 – First Day of Winter. Snow by then? I doubt it. The first snow winter 2016-17 here likely to be – I’m predicting – New Year’s Eve.

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