I know how much you guys love when I announce the equinoxes (is that the plural of equinox?) and solstices, so sit back and enjoy hearing that today is the autumnal equinox.
As of 15:44 UTC (which is 10:44am here in Toronto. Feel free to do the math for your local timezone), we will have crossed the lunar barrier between cold, wet summer and cool, refreshing fall. That’s the good news. The bad news is that starting tomorrow and running until the vernal equinox (in late March), every day will have less daylight than darkness. It culminates on December 21st during the winter solstice which is the shortest day of daylight in the entire year.
That sounds like bad news, but there’s plenty to look forward to between now and spring, so chin up and start learning all the words to your favourite Christmas carols. The only really crappy part about all this for me is the shift off of Daylight Savings Time. That screws me up for close to a week, but that won’t happen until the first Sunday in November, so I have time to act like it won’t happen at all.
For those of you who have been griping about how crappy our summer was weather-wise, all this should come as good news. The season is over and we’re starting with a fresh slate. Cool weather and a bit of rain is the perfect fall weather, so if things stay on course from June, we’re in good shape for a really picturesque autumn.
Of course, we could just get winter early and then everyone but me would be really upset. Hmmm. Maybe I should just shut up before I start alienating some of you and receiving death threats from the rest. Perhaps this wasn’t the best idea for a Monday morning post.
To apologize for bringing you down, I’ll let you know that this week will see posts that include a second-hand review of last Friday’s ‘New Kids on the Block’ concert here in Toronto and a long-winded research article of what I found out when I read all the hits on the first page of a Google search for ‘ShamWow’. Exciting stuff. Tell your friends!