Fall officially arrives Thursday morning

Posted at 11:47 AM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 14:29:27-04

WEST MICHIGAN -- I'm not too excited about this particular post. While fall is an absolutely gorgeous time of year in Michigan with the beautiful color changes and the harvesting of apples, it also means we say goodbye to my favorite time of year...summer.

Fall officially arrives Thursday morning at 10:21 A.M. eastern daylight time. What does it mean? That's the precise moment our sun is directly over the equator, heading further south to start spring for the southern hemisphere and fall for the northern hemisphere. It's known as the fall or autumnal equinox. Basically, equal days/equal nights across the globe...about 12 hours of each. Remember in the heart of the summer when we had about 15 hours of daylight and only about eight hours of night?

While temps this week have been running about 10 to 12 degrees above normal, we'll start cooling down this weekend and next week to our average/normal highs in the lower 70s. If you'd like to see what meteorologists at the Climate Prediction Center (for NOAA) our saying about long range forecasts, check this link.

You can always get our local West Michigan forecast by going to