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Fall Begins on this Start Date for the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere
Fall - Autumn 2019
In 2019, fall begins on September 23rd (at 7:50 UTC) for countries in the Northern Hemisphere. The date may be different for you based on what time zone you live in. This chart reflects the UTC time zone. The first day of fall may be different in your time zone.
Note: Equinoxes are opposite on each side of the equator. The fall (Autumnal) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the spring (Vernal) Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
|Year|| Day First Day of Fall Falls On|
|First Day of Fall||Time (UTC)|
|2017||Friday||September 22, 2017||20:02 UTC|
|2018||Sunday||September 23, 2018||01:54 UTC|
|2019||Monday||September 23, 2019||07:50 UTC|
|2020||Tuesday||September 22, 2020||13:31 UTC|
|2021||Wednesday||September 22, 2021||19:21 UTC|
|2022||Friday||September 23, 2022||01:04 UTC|
|2023||Saturday||September 23, 2023||06:50 UTC|
|2024||Sunday||September 22, 2024||12:44 UTC|
|2025||Monday||September 22, 2025||18:20 UTC|
|2026||Wednesday||September 23, 2026||00:06 UTC|
|2027||Thursday||September 23, 2027||06:02 UTC|
|2028||Friday||September 22, 2028||11:45 UTC|
|2029||Saturday||September 22, 2029||17:37 UTC|
Fall - Autumn Activities and Games
In 2017, fall begins on March 20th (22:45 UTC) for countries in the Southern Hemisphere (parts of South America, parts of Africa, Australia, and Antarctica).
Fall - Autumn begins on ...
|2015||Friday, March 20|
|2016||Sunday, March 20|
|2017||Monday, March 20|
|2018||Tuesday, March 20|
|2019||Wednesday, March 20|
|2020||Friday, March 20|
|2021||Saturday, March 20|
Fall - Autumn Activities and Games
When is the first day of fall in 2021—and when's the fall equinox in the USA?
While you might not look forward to the end of summer, with its backyard cook-outs, beach trips, and lazy afternoons sans homework and busy after-school activities, the first day of fall will be here before we know it. Still others might look to the fall season with excitement, as a new batch of pumpkin spice products hits our local supermarkets and the air turns crisp and cool. After all, nothing beats the magic of fall cocktails, pumpkin bread, fall bucket list activities, and fun seasonal candles!
Still, before we get into the matter of when the autumnal (or fall) equinox is set to take place this year (and therefore the first day of fall), it's important to know what an equinox even is.
So, let's sort this whole "equinox" thing out once and for all. Simply put, an equinox describes those magical, short-lived times of year when day and night are of nearly equal length, which occur at seasonal transition points (hence its relevancy to the first day of fall!). According to Merriam-Webster, the word "equinox" is derived from two Latin words: aequus, for "equal," and nox, for "night," so its definition makes perfect sense.
Below, we've got more information about this year's fall equinox, plus answers to your most frequently asked questions about the phenomenon. Here's to a great fall!
When is the first day of fall 2021?
Mark your calendars: The first day of fall in 2021 is Wednesday, September 22. (Of course, if you happen to be part of the 10 percent of the world's population who live in the southern hemisphere, fall begins in March, and the September equinox actually signals the start of spring. Confusing, we know.)
How many equinoxes are there in a given year?
There are two equinoxes in the calendar year. The one that occurs in September is known as the autumnal equinox for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, while the one that happens in the spring is known as the vernal equinox.
Why is the fall equinox important?
If we're talking only about the immediate aftermath, the autumnal equinox is important because it marks the beginning of fall. Pass the decorative gourds, please.
But it's also important because after it happens, days get shorter...and our part of the planet gets chillier. Winter is coming, y'all.
What happens in the fall equinox?
Great question! The equinox isn't all poetry. Scientifically speaking, it's the moment at which the sun is aligned with the earth's equator. This is different than a solstice, which represents one of the two moments in the year when the sun's path is farthest from the equator (either north or south).
What time is the fall equinox in 2021?
Eastern Daylight Time: For those of you living in areas that abide by the Eastern time zone, you can expect the equinox to arrive at 3:21 p.m. EDT.
Central Time: Over in the Central time zone, the equinox is at 2:21 p.m. CDT.
Mountain Time: If you happen to live in a Mountain time zone area, the equinox will arrive at 1:21 p.m. MDT.
Pacific Time: The Pacific time zone can expect the fall equinox to arrive at 12:21 p.m. PDT.
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Today is the first day of fall! Here's what autumnal equinox means
Wednesday marks the arrival of the fall equinox, bringing the first day of the season to the Northern Hemisphere.
Starting Sept. 22, the days will become shorter than the nights until the winter solstice in December, when the days become longer again.
What is the significance of the fall equinox?
Seasons are caused by the Earth's tilt and rotation, which is on an average 23.5 degree tilted axis.
As the Earth orbits elliptically around the sun, it is at its closest point in January and the farthest in July. Near the summer solstice, which typically occurs around June 21, the Northern Hemisphere is in a more direct path of the sun's energy, producing long days and shorter nights.
The Earth is at the autumnal equinox on or around Sept. 21 each year, happening Sept. 22 in 2021. This marks the beginning of longer nights than days.
According to the National Weather Service, as the Earth revolves around the sun, it "gets positioned such that the sun is directly over the equator. Basically, the sun's energy is in balance between the northern and southern hemispheres."
The same is true again during the spring equinox, which will happen around March 21.
Seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere. As the fall equinox approaches, the Southern Hemisphere will prepare for spring and longer days, and move into summer as the Northern Hemisphere moves into winter.
What does 'equinox' mean?
The word “equinox” comes from Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, “night.” On the autumnal (and the spring) equinox, day and night are roughly equal in length.
What exact time is the fall equinox?
The fall equinox happens around the Northern Hemisphere at exactly the same time: 3:20 p.m. EDT, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
When will fall weather start this year?
We've already seen a mostly warm and sunny September around Greater Cincinnati, though this week is bringing rain and cooler, more fall-like temperatures.
Weather forecast: Expect showers and chance of thunderstorms this week as Greater Cincinnati heads into fall
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the long-range weather forecast for the Ohio Valley will be sunny, mild, then rain for the end of September, then mostly rainy, chilly and cold in October.
The almanac predicts October to have an average temperature of 50 degrees and average precipitation around 3 inches through the month.
What about this winter? Old Farmer's Almanac predicts cold, snowy winter in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana
When will the leaves change?
This year, peak fall color dates are predicted this year in the Tristate area during October, with more specific dates depending on the region. Here are the probable dates:
- Ohio – Oct. 5-21.
- Indiana – Oct. 5-21 (northern) and Oct. 12-28 (southern).
- Kentucky – Oct. 5-21 (eastern) and Oct. 12-28 (western).
More: When will Greater Cincinnati see peak fall foliage? Here's what the prediction tools say
The 2021 fall foliage prediction map from SmokeyMountains.com predicts the expected beginning, peak and end colors all across the U.S.
Currently, the map shows no change of foliage in the Greater Cincinnati area.
By Oct. 4, the region will see patchy colors, and partial fall colors by Oct. 11. Greater Cincinnati's peak in fall foliage is predicted around Oct. 25 and will be past peak by the beginning of November.
When do we 'fall back'?
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 7 this year.
More: Fall daylight saving 2021 is closer than you think. Here's when we'll 'fall back' an hour.
When Is The First Day of Fall in 2021?
The first day of fall in 2021 arrives on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 3:21 p.m. EDT.
What Is The Fall Equinox?
In mid-September each year, we greet the fall season with the arrival of the fall equinox (otherwise known as the autumnal equinox). This is the moment when the Sun crosses the Equator, and those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere will begin to see more darkness than daylight. Regardless of whether it has been chilly for weeks or there are still balmy summer-like temperatures, this is the start of astronomical fall. This is different from “meteorological fall,” which began on September 1st.
At this point, the Earth’s tilt is moving away from its maximum lean toward the Sun; its rays are aiming directly at the equator.
The autumnal (fall) equinox marks the turning point when darkness begins to win out over daylight. Essentially, our hours of daylight—the period of time each day between sunrise and sunset—have been growing slightly shorter each day since the summer solstice in June, which is the longest day of the year (at least in terms of daylight). Then, for the next three months, our hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter.
At the autumnal equinox, day and night are approximately equal in length. The name equinox comes from the Latin word aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night. An equinox occurs twice a year (autumnal and vernal, or fall and spring).
Read: What’s the difference between an equinox and a solstice?
Changes Are Coming
Everywhere you look, you can see the visible changes as nature prepares for winter: birds are flying south, temperatures are getting cooler, leaves are changing colors, and animals’ coats are thickening, to name a few. But most significant is the change in daylight.
In mid-December, we will experience the winter solstice, which will mark the shortest day of the year in terms of hours of daylight.
After the winter solstice, the days will begin to grow longer again. It will take another three months until the vernal equinox (also called the spring equinox) for the periods of daylight and darkness to reach equilibrium once again.
From the vernal equinox, the days will continue to grow longer, until we reach the summer solstice again, and the whole cycle begins anew!
What’s in store for fall? See our official forecast!
Equinox Traditions and Celebrations You Probably Didn’t Know About
All over the world—and throughout history—you’ll find a variety of traditions and celebrations to welcome the autumn season and harvest time (Oktoberfest, anyone?). Here are some other celebrations associated with autumn you might not be familiar with.
Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals that take place in the pagan “Wheel of the Year.” This “Second Harvest” is when farmers gathered foods like gourds, pumpkins, grapes, and apples. It’s a time to give thanks for the summer and to pay tribute to the coming darkness. It is known as the “pagan thanksgiving,” and is celebrated by gathering friends and family for a feast, decorating your home with autumn colors, and going apple picking. Symbols associated with Mabon include the cornucopia (horn of plenty) and pinecones.
See The Snake of Sunlight in Mexico
Additionally, the Mayan temple at Chichén Itzá in Mexico, known as El Castillo, is dedicated to a serpent god. During the fall equinox, people gather to see the “snake of sunlight”—at the precise moment the equinox arrives, it appears as if a snake made of sunlight slithers down the temple steps.
Enjoy Mooncakes To Celebrate Harvest Time
People in Asian cultures celebrate the autumn equinox as the “Mid-Autumn Festival” or Moon Festival. These celebrations are all about celebrating the bountiful harvest and the Harvest Moon. People often give mooncakes, round pastries filled with assorted fillings, to friends and neighbors. Learn more about mooncakes here!
In Japan, the Buddhist celebration known as Higan or Higan-e happens during the week of both the spring and fall equinoxes. These celebrations are significant because, at the moment of the equinox, the sun sets exactly at due west—and Japanese Buddhists believe the afterlife is located westward. To honor the dead, people visit the graves of ancestors and loved ones, cleaning them and bringing decorations. It’s also a traditional time to visit relatives and to meditate.
Ways You Can Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox
You can always take a trip to Stonehenge or Chichén Itzá to watch the sunrise on the equinox, but if you’d rather stay closer to home, there are plenty of other ways to recognize this solar event. Watch the sunrise from your own backyard, or take a cue from other cultures by making mooncakes or visiting the graves of loved ones.
- Host a harvest potluck and have all your gardening friends bring something fresh from their backyards.
- Practice meditation or do yoga at sunrise to mark the occasion and get a fresh start for the day.
- Clean your home—but don’t approach it like a chore! Do the job mindfully, with the idea that you’re restoring balance, order, and peace to your living spaces ahead of winter.
- Go for a walk and reconnect with nature.
- Go foraging! During the early fall weeks, you’re bound to find wild berries, flowers to pick, cattails, interesting greenery, and whatever else you might want to eat or use to decorate your home.
Whatever you do for the equinox, it can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. Many relish the small, simple acts, such as taking a moment to reflect on the summer gone by—a nice way to mark the change of seasons, too.
Autumn Weather Lore
There are many weather lore sayings for the autumn season. Have you heard any of these?
A pleasant autumn and a mild winter will cause the leaves to fall next September.
As the wind and weather is at the time of the equinox, so will be the wind and weather generally during the following three months.
Do you (or will you) celebrate the autumnal equinox any special way this year?
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Maybe the thing you're most excited about for fall is the clocks turning back an hour, giving us another hour of sleep come November.
The time change goes into effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. That's when 2 a.m. local time instantly becomes 1 a.m. and the U.S. "gains" an hour of time.
The first day of fall is Wednesday, Sept. 22. This is also called the autumn equinox, meaning the day and night are roughly equal in length.
Daylight saving time originated as a concept by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. Several countries, including the U.S., adopted daylight saving time summer during World War I to conserve fuel by reducing the need for artificial light, according to Britannica.
Molly Weisner is a digital producer for the USA TODAY network. Find her on Twitter @molly_weisner.