Autumnal Equinox won’t hurt, but you’ll feel it soon enough
For those who love sampling pioneer life in the Ozarks, this autumn weekend is just for you, as the Gray-Campbell Farmstead Association presents its Lifestyle Expo. At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the new Liberty School will be formal dedicated, but there will be events throughout Saturday and Sunday, from a pie judging to outdoor church services to artisans demonstrating their crafts. Take someone from the next generation and introduce them to our Ozarks culture.
Actually, the first day of autumn is upon us, but not quite here.
It’s highly unlikely you will feel it. In fact, you may not even be aware of it, but at 9:29 p.m. (CDT) on Monday, Sept. 22, the Sun will move across the Equator in a non-event called the is the Autumnal Equinox. For those of us in the Ozarks, daylight hours will be shorter, nights will be longer. And while there are still likely to be summer-like temperatures, this is the first day of autumn.
Then in a few more weeks, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends until next March 8, 2015.
Actually, the daylight hours have been growing slightly shorter each day since the Summer Solstice on June 24, the longest day of the year. Even so, the daylight has continued to exceed the hours of darkness until the equinox makes them officially equal for one short time. Even now, a few trees are turning more colorful, usually those in a somewhat weakened state from some malady.
Birds are swarming, migratory flocks are beginning to fly south (notably the hummingbirds, which may seem more plentiful at your flowers and feeders as they individually migrate), temperatures are generally cooler, and animals’ coats are thickening, to name a few.
For the next three months, daylight hours will continue to shorten. Finally, on Dec. 21, at 5:03 p.m. (CDT) comes the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year measured by daylight hours. After the Winter Solstice, the days will begin to grow fractionally longer again. By the Vernal Equinox on March 20, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. (CDT), the periods of daylight and darkness to reach equilibrium once again.
From the Vernal Equinox, the days will continue to grow longer, until we reach the Summer Solstice again on June 21, 2015, at 11:38 p.m. CDT., and the whole cycle repeats.