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Autumn On Its Way!
Jan Harris, Assistant Editor
Can you believe that it will be September next week so that means Summer is nearly over and Autumn is on its way. Children are back to school and the evenings are starting to draw in.

According to meteorologists summer ends on 31 August and autumn begins on 1 September as they use the Gregorian calendar. However astronomers say that autumn begins on Monday 23 September 2019 which is the date of the Autumn equinox.

Meteorological Seasons:

Spring : March, April, May
Summer: June, July, August
Autumn: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February

Astronomical Seasons:

Spring Equinox - 20/21 March
Summer Solstice - 21/22 June
Autumn Equinox - 22/23 September
Winter Solstice - 21/22 December

Colours of autumn
Why is it called Equinox?

The word comes from the Latin aequus meaning ‘equal’ and nox meaning ‘night’. On the day of an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal length all over the world, as the Earth's rotational axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun. At all other times the length of day and night will be different.

When is Autumn Equinox?

2019 – Monday 23 September. In 2020 it will be on Tuesday 22 September.

It is often a misconception that leaves change colour in the autumn but this is because there is less daylight during the months of autumn.

The sun is much lower in the sky in autumn and this is when birds and butterflies migrate along with the path of the sun.

Some favourite things about autumn:

Seasonal food - Apple picking, foraging for blackberries, butternut squash soup, pumpkins and hot chocolate to drink.

Long walks - The countryside and woods are spectacular in the autumn with the changing colours of the leaves, often reflected in the nearby lakes and rivers.

Log fires - The summer is wonderfully warm but there is something magical about cosying up in front of a real fire.

Build up to (dare I say) Christmas! - And we all love Christmas.

photo by Stephen Hanafin
Clocks fall back when?

British Summer Time or Daylight saving commenced on Sunday 31 March 2019. It will come to an end on Sunday 27 October 2019 when the clocks go back one hour at 2am and GMT resumes - meaning another hour in bed for us in the UK.

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Autumn On Its Way!, 31st August 2019, 12:01 PM