SPOKANE, Wash. - Bring on the changing leaves! Bring on the football! Bring on the hot apple cider!
Fall 2016 is officially here. Here are 5 things you should know about the autumnal equinox.
1) The baton is passed from summer to fall (in the Northern Hemisphere) on Thursday, September 22nd at 7:21AM PT this year.
2) Twice a year, in March and September, the sun's rays shine directly over the Earth's equator. These two days are known as the Vernal Equinox and the Autumnal Equinox.
3) During both events, day and night are balanced to nearly 12 hours each all over the world.
4) The Earth's axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting Earth and the sun during an equinox.
5) From this point on, daylight hours for the Inland Northwest will gradually grow shorter until the winter solstice in December.
So pull on your boots, chop the firewood, and pour another mug of Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's fall! Be sure to check out my complete forecast so you will be fully prepared!