AUTUMNAL EQUINOX- WHAT IS IT?
Summer days are behind us as Fall officially kicked off at 2:50 AM (CST) Monday morning. During the Autumnal Equinox, the sun is located directly above the Earth’s equator at noon. The word “equinox” means equal night. The hours of day and night are almost equal due to bending of the sunlight’s rays. As we go throughout fall, our days will begin to get shorter as darkness will come quicker. Fall will officially end on December 21st.
WHEN WILL IT FEEL LIKE FALL? The Climate Prediction Center is showing above average temperatures for the month of October. This week highs will top out in the middle to upper 90s, possibly breaking some records. With our days getting shorter, temperatures will fall cooler into the overnight period…but, warm afternoons will follow at least over the next month. The forecast is also calling for slim rain chances for the month of October which is not good as the Wiregrass is already unseasonably dry for this time of year.
The average high for this time of year is 86 and we officially hit the triple digits this time last week. The high for Monday is 93 and that is running 7 degrees above average.
WHAT’S NEXT? Daylight Savings Time will end November 3rd and most people will move their clocks back one hour before going to bed on November 2nd. People will get an extra hour of sleep at this time.