Fall has finally arrived

Magnolia Gardens (Crystal Bruce/WCIV)

By Tom

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- You may have noticed more than a few leaves that have begun to appear on your lawn.

There have been a few mornings that there has been a little nip in the air as well and yes we have passed the Fall equinox.{} And yes your days seem to be getting shorter, at least with daylight.

Our earth is tilted on an axis that is 23 and a half degrees. As the earth continues to orbit around the sun, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun's light and of course warmth in the most direct position.

Many, during the fall season, drive to the upstate of South Carolina to experience the beauty of the Fall foliage. Or as we call it, the leaves changing color.

Because of South Carolina's warm Fall weather, the peak of the foliage display is later than that of the North. Normally the best time to observe these colors are between the end of October and early November.

We have an equinox that occurs twice a year. That would of course be Spring and Fall. If we look at the tilt of the earth and the earth's orbit around the sun, combine those in such a way, the axis is set up neither away from nor toward the sun.

So here is the bottom line. The earth's two hemispheres were receiving the same amount of daylight on Sept 22, at least for a short period of time. As we continue into the next several days and weeks we will notice that those great evenings that the sun set at 8:30 have truly been a thing off the past, at least for this year.

Our days of plenty of sunshine will continue to magically disappear until the time change. Day light savings time ends on Sunday November 4.

On Sunday November the 4, we turn our clocks back one hour. Or as the old saying goes, we Fall back one hour. We gain an hour of sleep, but lose an hour of daylight.

During these latter days of September it seemed like we are losing nearly 2 minutes a day of daylight. As we move closer to winter which begins December 21, our loss of daylight will begin to slow rather quickly.

When the time comes (no pun intended), just after December 21 we will slowly, and I mean slowly, see our days of daylight start to increase.