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When is the autumnal equinox?

On Wednesday morning, we will officially enter fall as the autumnal equinox occurs at 3:20 a.m.

On Wednesday, in common with every location on Earth, we will enjoy exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

Of course, 12 hours of daylight in Madison (latitude 43N) is substantially different from 12 hours of daylight at the North Pole (latitude 90N) where the sun will barely be visible above the horizon for the 12 hours of “daylight.” On the very next day, the sun will not appear above the horizon at the Pole and will not come back for six months. As the days march on, the same fate will gradually overtake other latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere until by Dec. 21, the sun will not rise even at 66.5N. Continue reading

Category: Meteorology, Seasons

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