Fall arrives today

Temperatures above normal this week
Posted at 6:13 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 06:13:09-04

WEST MICHIGAN — It's official! Summer 2020 is gone. Another one in the weather books. That means Fall official arrives today at 9:30 A.M., the precise time when the sun is directly overhead of the equator. That also means while we begin our Fall here in the northern hemisphere, the southern hemisphere is starting their Spring.

We've been losing about three minutes of daylight each day and that will increase as the angle of the sun drops lower and lower in the sky. Sunrise time is now 7:30 A.M. and sunset time is 7:38 P.M.

The arrival of Fall is also called the autumnal equinox, meaning almost equal days and equal nights...about 12 hours of each depending on where you live. Our days will now continue to get shorter until we reach the shortest day of the year...the start of winter around December 21. Eventually, we'll get to a point where we'll have only about eight hours of daylight and about 16 hours of darkness.

This week our weather will be easy to take across West Michigan. We expect temperatures running above normal in the mid/upper 70s with mainly dry conditions. Normal highs have us around 70 degrees. There are indications next week that things may start to turn a bit cooler.

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