Tuesday, September 22, 2020, marks the official end of summer and start of autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere—the Autumnal Equinox, the date that daylight and darkness are equal.
Earlier this month in my little corner of the world we had a delightful taste of the fall weather to come. That crisp feel in the air with cooler temperatures replacing the heat and dryer air shoving aside the retched humidity of summer. That change to cool dry air brought a renewed vigor, a revived energy to replace the lackluster feeling resulting from the summer heat and humidity...at least for me. (Do you get the impression that I don't function well in heat and humidity?)
Just as I love the renewal of life in the spring—bright green new leaves on the trees, colorful flowers, the awakening of nature from winter's long hibernation—I also love the change of the leaves to their brilliant array of fall colors in autumn. This year we've exceeded our average amount of rainfall, so I'm hoping for a more colorful autumn than we've had the last couple of years.
I can say with all sincerity that I'm happy to welcome the end of summer. Oh, yeah…also happy to welcome the start of fall. But it's mostly the end of summer's heat and humidity that thrills me. I do have to admit that the summer of 2020 was a strange mixture of several triple digit temperature days and periods of cooler temperatures. However, we did have many super high humidity days. Ugh!
Welcome autumn...I'm thrilled to see you! But, on the other hand, I'm hoping for a mild winter.