Summer was fun while it lasted, Springfield.

The season officially ended at 10:49 a.m. Saturday. That's the moment when the Autumnal Equinox occurs in the Eastern United States.

The  Old Farmer's Almanac explains what's happening:

On the first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—day and night are each about 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days after the autumnal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going southward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

Here are a few ideas to help you mark the day:

  • Argue with a friend that Golden Delicious is the superior apple for pie: Here's a nice list for local apple picking options. (Save us a slice!)

Do you know of other events to mark the start of fall? Hosting one yourself? Add them in the comments section below.

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