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    Default Autumnal Equinox on the twenty-second this year.

    From The Old Farmer's Almanac—online.



    Today is the last full day of summer, astronomically, in the northern hemisphere. This year's equinox occurs on September twenty-second.

    A good article on the equinox, with a brief history of the celebration by various cultures around the globe, and astronomical facts about the regular seasonal event:

    http://almanac.com/content/first-day...tumnal-equinox

    With a link to a device for getting the precise times of local sunrise and sunset, and other significant related facts, like tides info:

    http://almanac.com/astronomy/sun-rise-and-set Enter a zip code.

    Today's the day I'll inspect the physical integrity of the propane system of the fire-pit I built in the back yard—full tank, regulator, gas line under the pavers to the boulders of the pit, the keyed valve for the stainless ring of nozzles. The rubber gas line is in a length of schedule forty PVC. It's been a while; I should probably just replace it.



    If that goes well and a meteor doesn't fall on me, I'll light it and have a sunset sit by it. Probably by myself. The grandkids will be more interested in their social media and school homework. At that time of day we'll be done with dinner and the evening news, and She'll be plugged into the usual after dinner crime, spy, medical, lawyer, cowboy drama.

    I might make acoustic guitar noise, and try to summon a Druid out of the oak tree. It should be safe since the tree is astride a corner, thank the many gods. Because otherwise, who knows what may arise, and you know what that means. A word to the wise, and one to the otherwise, as well.
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    I’m ready.

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    Say goodnight Gracie. It's all just cold and dark from here on til the Solstice.

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    Sitting in my newly built kitchen bay window for coffee this morning watching the big bright harvest moon set due west. (This wide angle phone camera seems to think the moon is unimportant. It’s much bigger in real life. ) Fall is nice around here but I dread what follows.

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    Time to change the head on my electric toothbrush.
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    Long time until the Spring equinox.
    Life is complex.

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    You're looking at it too pessimistically, TLT.

    Tomorrow is the highest rate-of-change of increasing night hours compared to day hours. It slows down after this, faster and faster, and then we're only 91 days before the days start getting longer again.

    (I tell myself, year after year).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    Long time until the Spring equinox.
    Just move to the other side of the equator. We have 12 hours and six minutes between sunrise and sunset today, gaining 2 minutes and 19 seconds on yesterday.
    Weather is mild, 22c, light cloud, slight breeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    You're looking at it too pessimistically, TLT.

    Tomorrow is the highest rate-of-change of increasing night hours compared to day hours. It slows down after this, faster and faster, and then we're only 91 days before the days start getting longer again.

    (I tell myself, year after year).
    I usually do my hike down to bottom of the Grand Canyon a couple weeks after the equinox. My wife had me cancel my hike this fall. So no Milky Way until next fall. No long hike until next spring. Life can be depressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    Just move to the other side of the equator. We have 12 hours and six minutes between sunrise and sunset today, gaining 2 minutes and 19 seconds on yesterday.
    Weather is mild, 22c, light cloud, slight breeze.

    John Welsford
    Yeah, but we'd have to learn metric and drive on the left side of the road. That's un-American, by gosh!

    At this point, I'd be surprised if another country were interested in having U.S. immigrants unless they were geniuses, and/or much younger than I am. A pity. I should have moved out in 2011, when Republicans really started taking over at the state level everywhere. I think I missed my window.

    Then again, my wife is looking into PhD programs abroad (for me)--she wants to live somewhere new!

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    We were having an early spring here- lots of sunshine, above average temperatures, trees coming into leaf early. Yesterday was miserable- cold and blowing a gale, snow on higher ground- and last night it cleared off and we had a minus 2 frost, so this morning much of the new growth is black and by this afternoon it will be crispy- and the trees start again. Bugger. JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    You're looking at it too pessimistically, TLT.

    Tomorrow is the highest rate-of-change of increasing night hours compared to day hours. It slows down after this, faster and faster, and then we're only 91 days before the days start getting longer again.

    (I tell myself, year after year).

    Andy
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    A friend describes this time of year as "heading into the tunnel". Apt I think.
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    Have to put your car sun visor down while driving home on the equinox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Yeah, but we'd have to learn metric and drive on the left side of the road. That's un-American, by gosh!

    At this point, I'd be surprised if another country were interested in having U.S. immigrants unless they were geniuses, and/or much younger than I am. A pity. I should have moved out in 2011, when Republicans really started taking over at the state level everywhere. I think I missed my window.

    Then again, my wife is looking into PhD programs abroad (for me)--she wants to live somewhere new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Has it worked yet?

    A friend describes this time of year as "heading into the tunnel". Apt I think.
    The tunnel really hits in mid November when, at this latitude, it just seems to be permanently dark, each side of a few hours of cold, grey skies.

    Andy
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    Well, that’s it for another year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Yeah, but we'd have to learn metric and drive on the left side of the road. That's un-American, by gosh!

    ...

    Then again, my wife is looking into PhD programs abroad (for me)--she wants to live somewhere new!

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    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Clear as a bell for the big full moon tonight.

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    I love fall- my favorite time of year, especially October when all the leaves change color! I do an Annual Fall Hiking spree here with our local metroparks - great to get out in the crisp autumn air and enjoy nature in all its glory!
    Some Ohio fall color porn....

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    Default Re: Autumnal Equinox on the twenty-second this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    The tunnel really hits in mid November when, at this latitude, it just seems to be permanently dark, each side of a few hours of cold, grey skies.

    Andy
    Yep - though we're south of you, our days get down to just over 8 hours sunrise to set. Yech.
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    I grew up at the same latitude I live in now. In the eighties, I moved to southern Oregon and stayed a dozen years. Every year it felt like it shoulda been the end of winter and beginning of spring when it was still weeks away, and each year I remember feeling like it should be dark later and light sooner, and it's only just over three hundred miles difference in latitude between here and there.
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    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    Looking forward to fall, cooler temperatures, lower humidity and lessening chances of a named storm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    Just move to the other side of the equator. We have 12 hours and six minutes between sunrise and sunset today, gaining 2 minutes and 19 seconds on yesterday.
    Weather is mild, 22c, light cloud, slight breeze.
    While the offer deserves consideration, I am well past my days of exploring new things.

    I am in the phase of life where passing on knowledge is more important.
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    I was shoveling many loads of topsoil into a wheelbarrow all morning long and then realized what a dumb waste of a sailing day that was going to look like in retrospect.

    So off I went



    That's Rockaway Beach back there



    Seattle skyline ahead.

    While it is possible to sail here all year-round the number of days like this, nice steady breeze and sunshine get to be few and far between as we wait for the vernal equinox to roll around again.
    Steve

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    Good choice Stromborg! It looks nice there.
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