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We don't have a moose with falling leaves, nor do we have a moose with daffodils. But today at 13:30(GMT/UTC) is the equinox. That is when the Sun is directly overhead at the Equator; since it is moving southward, that is the official start of Autumn in the North. You can tell that from the weather: not a cloud in the sky and a gentle, warm breeze. That lasts until December when Winter starts (we do have moose for Winter and Summer). Once the Sun starts to move northwards, that is Winter; it lasts about 89 days. That probably has to do with the Earth being closest to the Sun about 3rd January, so it orbits faster. Summer started on the evening of 20th June, a bit early maybe, but the date change is doubtless because this year is a leap year. So Summer has lasted 93½ days. What nobody round here would ever believe: Summer is the longest season in the north.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:That probably has to do with the Earth being closest to the Sun about 3rd January, so it orbits faster.



Correct.
 
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To keep things in perspective, however, the eccentricity of the Earth's orbit is 0.0167 and and in any event a faster orbit speed simply means that the percentage of the orbit covered in degrees per day is larger at that time.

More significantly, the inclination of the Earth to the Ecliptical Plane is 23.5 degrees. That means that the hemisphere that's tilted towards the sun gets the longest days and in polar regions you get "midnight sun".

On the other hand, the it's 6:41 EDT here and the outside temperature is near its daily low. Which today is 65°F/18°C. And a blessed relief. Just 2 days ago, a "cool" temperature was 74 with daytime highs in the 90s. With matching humidity. It's been several years since the first day of Autumn could be felt around here. Last year, air conditioning was on full blast on Halloween. And I'm not one of these live-in-Florida-with-ice-on-the-walls people.



 
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