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The beginning of autumn

September 1, 2018

Today is the 1st September and that means that, in my personal calendar, it is the first day of autumn. Some people date the seasons from the solstices and equinoxes. But I don’t. I think this has absurd consequences. It would mean, for example, that winter does not begin until 21st December , which is clearly nonsense; while midsummer’s eve, the longest day of the year, becomes the start of summer. So I take the view that each season is made up of three full months and the months are: autumn – September October November; winter – December January February; spring – March April May; and summer – June July August.

I did not know until today, however, that there are official names for splitting up the seasons in these two ways. My way – according to a tweet I read from Robert McFarlane – is the meteorological way. Today we have entered meteorological autumn. The other way is the astronomical way; we will not have entered astronomical autumn until 23rd September. But I prefer my way, and am pleased to note that meteorologists agree.

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One Comment
  1. Simon Carter permalink

    The Hindu calendar has six seasons: Spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, pre-winter and winter. We don’t have monsoons (yet) but pre-winter sounds like a good idea.

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