I love fall—crisp air, leaves crunching under my feet, the gorgeous fall colors. At Stay Comfy, Minnesota, we’re celebrating the Autumnal Equinox too. Here are some fun facts about the fall season, brought to you by the Twin Cities HVAC experts.
- When leaves turn vivid colors in the fall, they’re actually returning to their natural hue. During the summer months, the chlorophyll in leaves turns them green, blocking the leaves’ actual underlying colors. But as winter approaches, leaves make a coating which blocks their water source, and in the absence of water the leaves no longer produce chlorophyll. Voila! Beautiful leaves of orange, red and yellow appear.
- The fall equinox usually happens around mid-September, typically on September 22, as it is this year. Six months of darkness begin at the North Pole while six months of light begin at the South Pole.
- In Japan, both the spring and autumn equinox are national holidays. Many people observe the holiday by visiting family members’ graves or holding family reunions that honor those who have passed away.
- Until December 22, days will be getting shorter while nights get longer. Fewer hours of daylight mean colder weather—if you need Minnesota furnace help, visit www.staycomfymn.com.
- In the southern hemisphere, the earth’s tilt means that countries there are closer to the sun during these months. Therefore Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa have springtime while it’s the fall season here in the northern hemisphere.
Fall is fun but fleeting. I think I’ll head home for a mug of apple cider to celebrate. How about you?
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