WEST MICHIGAN — The official start to fall is a few hours away and it is already starting to feel like fall around West Michigan. Temperatures today will warm quickly into the low to mid 60’s throughout the afternoon.
The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun is directly over the Earth’s equator and signals the point at which the sun’s direct rays will move into the Southern Hemisphere starting summer for the south and fall for the north. The Autumnal Equinox technically implies equal parts daylight and nighttime however with the curvature of the Earth it is slightly skewed. Here in West Michigan, the sun sets and rises within 9 minutes of 7:30 on the equinox, it will not be until Wednesday that we will see equal time of daylight and nighttime. From today until the Winter Solstice in late December the amount of daylight will decrease 3 minutes.
Despite the start of fall, temperatures will start on a gradual warming trend through the first week of fall with temperatures warming up into the low 80’s by the end of the week,