Here we are, once again, at one of the four defining dates on the calendar up here in Alaska, The Autumn Equinox.
What is the Equinox? If you have the time, for a complex explanation, who else to turn to but wikipedia!
The Equinox occurs on the two days a year when the day and night are nearly equal. This happens on the September (Autumnal) equinox and the March (Vernal) equinox. For somewhat technical, in my opinion somewhat complicated, astronomical reasons, the day and the night are not precisely 12 hours (equal) long on the equinox. The below link will explain this phenomenon.
Of course the Equinox is the same everywhere. However, for those of us up here in Alaska, the length of our days getting shorter and the length of our nights getting longer after the Autumnal Equinox means we are heading into the dark part of the year. On the Winter Solstice, Wednesday the 21st of December 2022, the daylight begins increasing again, slowly but surely. Up here we begin to really see the effects (the loss of sunlight). Down in the lower 48 states, the difference is not quite so pronounced.
Ah Yes, the seasons and the cycles of life itself.
And? Patti and I are fortunate in that we will head South sometime in November and enjoy much longer days down in Arizona. Oh By The Way, the winter days down in Arizona will also be much warmer too! Truly we are blessed.
Cap and Patti
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