Today is the first day of Fall, as it is the first full day following the Autumnal Equinox.
From the Old Farmer's Almanac:
The autumnal equinox is defined as the point at which the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. The celestial equator is the circle in the celestial sphere halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth's equator projected out onto the sphere. Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The word equinox means "equal night"; night and day are the same length of time. The spring equinox is in late March. In addition to the equal hours of daylight and darkness, the equinoxes are times when the Sun's apparent motion undergoes the most rapid change. Around the time of the equinoxes, variations in the position on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets can be noticed from one day to the next by alert observers.
I do love fall, and for some reason, I'm especially looking forward to it this year. Although it was warm again this weekend, all last week the weather was simply perfect: clear, sunny, and cool enough to leave the windows open all day. It has been an odd year, weather-wise, here in Western NC, with a late Spring freeze and summer drought, so I have no clue as to what the leaf season will hold for us. We'll have to wait and see.
Our summer garden is no more, but our fall garden is in: kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, kale, spinach, sugar snap peas, romaine, collards. Back to fresh salads in no time. Soon we'll be planting for some Spring crops. I'm determined to try some asparagus and garlic (I know, they take years until harvest--I can wait). We need to get some flower bulbs in the ground, too. Lots of work to do.
This weekend we are heading up to NY for a wedding. When we return, October will already be here. I hope next weekend won't be too late for picking apples. Growers were hit hard this year and the local crop, I hear, is 40% of the usual yield. But I do so love our family excursions to Stepp Farm every year, and I want to put up some apple butter, apple pie filling, apple chips, maybe even make some apple cake (perhaps as good as Paul's mom's, but I doubt it).
Yes, welcome fall. I hope we can take some time and savor you before winter sets in.