EMPS #4: Welcome To Autumn!
She wants to know what the beginning of Autumn looks like where we are. Umm, well....
Distinguishing autumn from summer in Tucson is a tricky proposition. We pretty much haven't got an autumn. Very few trees change color at all, and I don't think any of them lose their leaves. As for cooler weather:
The temperature at about 4:30 PM Monday, according to my car, was 95 degrees.
The temperature in my car as sunset approached was still 95 degrees.
Mind you, 95 degrees actually does constitute cooling off. In summer it's usually more like 105 degrees. Another change: the monsoon is over. There were clouds in the sky - there were clouds all weekend too - but unless we catch the edge of a hurricane, it probably won't rain again until January.
So if it's not cool, and the leaves don't change, and the sky is the same as it's been for weeks, how can I tell it's autumn? Well, even here, the days are getting shorter. I can try to time the sunset at the equinox. First, let's look up some relevant details on the NWS Tucson site:
Local news and information
Fall began today (September 22nd) at 8:44 am
Okay, so the day should be about 12 hours long, right? And the sun should set around 6 PM, give or take wiggle room for latitude and longitude.
Sunset did not arrive while we were at the dog park. So I dropped off the dogs and headed over to Safeway:
The naked eye gave the impression that the sunset was at 6:17. Or maybe 6:18. I've had to fudge this photo a bit; my camera could not get the sky and the phone in focus in the same shot.
Turns out I was only a couple of minutes off. From another site:
Rising and setting times for the Sun
|Length of day|
|Sep 22, 2008||6:12 AM||6:20 PM||12h 07m 23s||− 1m 57s|
Be sure to stop by Ellipsis and play along, especially if, unlike me, you actually have a seasonal change to photograph! Carly will post the results next Sunday night/Monday morning.