A Summer Eulogy:
Sadly, on September 22, 2016 at 10:21am EST as a result of the Celestial event known as The Autumnal Equinox, Summer came to an end. In our on again/off again relationship with Summer, we’ve been through this before but it’s always sad to say goodbye. Summer we just want to let you know that we had some great times this year. You really did your part with those long days and the heat…wow did you ever bring the heat. Great job!
It Was Never Meant To Last
Maybe we took you for granted Summer,
hoping somehow magically you would stay. However, once the kids went back to school, we knew we were on borrowed time. Even though you hung on right til the end, the signs were there i.e. cooler nights, shorter days, the Super Full Harvest Moon. We hate to see you go but we understand that the time has come for The Southern Hemisphere to have it’s turn in the Earth mandated custody settlement. Please know you will be missed and we’ll be thinking of you
What’s An Equinox?
If you felt like Summer lingered and then ended suddenly, you may have it right. Equinoxes are not long events. Instead, they occur at the exact moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At this instant, a geometrical alignment between the sun and Earth happens and Earth’s rotational axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun.
The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.
On these days, both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres experience roughly equal amounts of sunshine. It’s also only on the spring and autumn equinoxes that the sun rises due east and sets due west.
The Reason For The Seasons
This tidy split in our 24-hour day is linked to the reason Earth has seasons in the first place. The planet spins on an axis that is tilted 23.5 degrees with respect to its orbital plane. That means as Earth travels along its 365-day orbit, different hemispheres tilt closer to or farther from our sun’s warming rays.
As we head toward December, the Northern Hemisphere will tilt farther away from the sun and receive its rays at a steeper angle, creating longer shadows and cooler conditions indicative of winter.sun and receive its rays at a steeper angle, creating longer shadows and cooler conditions indicative of winter.
This process also includes a shift in the overall location of the jet stream which plays an important role in weather conditions.
Eventually, the sun will reach its lowest point in the midday sky, marking the December solstice.
While the September equinox usually occurs on September 22 or 23, it can very rarely fall on September 21 or September 24. A September 21 equinox has not happened since 1000 CE
Hey Autumn, Howyoudoin’
Now that summer is gone we just want to let you know that truly, you are our favourite season. There’s just so much to love about your time of year. The bounty of harvest, beer, the colorful display of faling leaves, also walking on said crunchy leaves. There’s crisp cool sweater weather, boots, and of course the start of holiday season. Thanksgiving, Halloween, Remembrance Day here we come, We’re also into your associated warm drinks, rich stews, cozy fires, movie nights and the smell of cinnamon.
There’s more, I could go on but let’s talk about the light. The quality of light in the northern autumn is simply spectacular.
When summer melts into autumn we see golden light because Earth has tilted: now the rays of light we receive are longer, slanted beams that gleam and cast long shadows.
As an added bonus autumn is “Aurora Season”. As the September equinox rolls by, the chances to see the aurora borealis display increases for those located at high Northern Hemisphere latitudes. According to NASA, the equinoxes are prime time for Northern Lights – geomagnetic activities are twice more likely to take place in the spring and fall time, than in the summer or winter.
O.K. I’ve Read This Far…What Was That About Sexy Season?
Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists speculate the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts (e.g., the fall “rutting season”) or that decreasing daylight somehow triggers it.
Really Guys? Is It The Boots, The Scarves, The Cute Jackets?
A study in the journal Perception noted that men think women are more attractive in the cooler season. Additional research found that during the cooler months of autumn, men are more likely to cozy up with their sweethearts and watch romantic comedies. Feeling cold activates a yearning for warmth and comfort with others.
According to seasonal patterns of relationships in Facebook profiles, autumn is the time when more singles change their status to “In a Relationship” or “Engaged” than the yearly average. More breakups occur during the summertime.
Maybe Its All That “Pumpkin Spice”
Scientists believe males evolved to be sexually primed by food, which made autumn’s harvest time an ideal time to find a mate and reproduce. In fact, studies show that a mix of pumpkin pie and donuts increased penile flow by 20%. A pumpkin pie-lavender mix increased the penile blood flow by 40%.
Or Maybe We’re Feeling Less Mortal
While heart attacks and car accidents increase after the start of daylight saving time in the spring, the opposite is true of the end of it in the fall: heart attacks and accidents decrease the Monday after daylight saving time ends.
So There’s More To Love…….Whatevs, Hormones and Sweaters Are On Our Side
During the spring and summer, most people eat more carbs. However, they develop a tendency for fattier foods in the autumn, which leads to seasonal weight gain. Even if you watch what you eat, research suggests that low levels of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) can lead to weight gain during autumn and winter. Lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage.
The Take Away
If you are looking to set “the mood”, you may want to DYI some pumpkin spice.
Best used on…well everything.
Cuddle up, get coxy and enjoy the light.
Over here in the kitchen we’ll be loading up on some pumpkin/lavender tarts for the pastry case. Stay tuned for details. It’s time to #GetHyggeWithIt!