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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fall/Autumn Begins Tonight at 9:03pm, Tomorrow Will Be the First Full Day of Fall

The September Equinox that marks the beginning of fall is at 9:03 pm tonight. The days and nights are of almost equal length (the sun rises at 7:21 am this morning and sets at 7:30 pm tonight) and the sun will be reaching a lower and lower altitude in the sky, triggering the beginning of the process that will cause the leaves of deciduous trees to change colors and eventually fall to the ground.


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A couple of videos and links have been added below to describe the September Equinox.

National Geographic on the Equinoxes

Equinoxes | National Geographic

The Real Reason Leaves Change Color In the Fall

Star Date article and podcast about Autumn [LINK]

Sky and Telescope article and podcast about Autumn [LINK]

Today in Weather History

1810: A tornado striking Fernhill Heath in the United Kingdom had a width between 0.5 to 1 mile; making it the widest path ever in Britain.

1890: A severe hailstorm struck Strawberry, Arizona. Five days after the storm hail still lay in drifts 12 to 18 inches deep.

2006: The tri-state area of Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky was struck by the worst tornado outbreak in the recorded history during the month of September. One supercell produced a long-track F4 tornado across southeastern Missouri into southwestern Illinois. This tornado traveled 27.5 miles and is featured in the first video embedded below. More information on the outbreak can be seen on Wikipedia. [LINK]