"Happy Fall, Y'all!"
Although it won't feel like it, fall is upon us as of this afternoon (9/22/2017) at 4:02. As the earth (tilted at a 23.5° angle) continues its elliptical orbit around the sun, we notice our seasons changing every three months or so.
The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun appears directly above the equator today.
Consequently, what we've been noticing and will continue to notice is the lower sun angle in the sky each day. We also notice the lesser amount of daylight.
Today, we receive 12 hours and 8 minutes of daylight. Between now and Christmas, we lose roughly two and a half hours.
The daylight we do have this week will feature some very warm air, though. So don't frown yet, summer-lovers. Highs each day will be anywhere from 5-10° above the average of 77°.
This is all thanks to a persistent area of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere. This is responsible for blocking Hurricane Maria away from us and a cold front away from us to the west. So, rain chances will be rather low the next 5-7 days too.
Long-term trends show a break in this pattern, though, by late next week into next weekend. Perhaps some cooler air will be dragged down in time for October to start. Just how cool we get will depend on the location of an area of low pressure in the northeastern US.
In the meantime, it's high time we get ready for pumpkin spice, football, flannel, leaf-raking, apple, picking, and...okay I can go on and on.
Happy fall, y'all!