Posted on 2/2/14


fall smile2 500

FRANKFORT, Ky. (10/3/13) – It’s that time of year again when the crops and fruits are gathered and the leaves begin to change colors only to fall gracefully to the ground. The summer temperatures gradually drop and the air becomes crisp and cool. Autumn, is the third season of the year between summer and winter, lasting from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice.


When the Earth travels a quarter of the way around the sun, the axis is pointed along the planet’s path, parallel to the star. At the equator, the sun is directly overhead at noon. This is known as equinoxes, meaning the length of daylight and nighttime are exactly the same. In the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox starts around September 22 goes through December 22. However, it varies from year to year. In the Southern Hemisphere, it runs from March 20 – June 21.
Even though autumn brings a nip to the air, how much of a temperature change depends on the location of the area on Earth. Regions closer to the equator normally experience constant temperatures throughout the year, whereas farther north or south of the equator experience greater variations.

fall smile3 400

Autumn is also known as “fall,” more so in the United States, due to leaves changing colors and falling from the trees. However, before the season was known as autumn or fall it was called “harvest.”

By the 18th century harvest had lost its seasonal meaning and autumn and fall emerged as two accepted names for the third season.
When the 19th century rolled in, the term “fall” had become “Americanized” and frowned upon British Lexicographers.
In response to the chillier weather and fewer daylight hours, the leaves stop producing green chlorophyll, which allows the leaves to capture sunlight and make energy. Meanwhile, orange and yellow pigments called carotenoids shine through the leaves and washes out the green. The red color in some leaves comes from anthocyanin and are only produced in the fall.
Generally regarded as the end of a growing season, autumn ushers in time of celebrations such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.
This season is also regarded as a melancholy time and over the generations has inspired writers and poets.
"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence." — Thomas Hood

fall smile4 400

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by Amber Averitt your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Gift Wrapping Booth Opens at Parkway Plaza Mall

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (11/25/15) — Shoppers are invited to let Hopkins County Central High Voltage Dance Team wrap their… Read More

Masonic Lodge Makes $1k Donation to SHMS Resource Center

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (11/25/15) — Orphans Friend Lodge No. 523 presented a $1000 check to the South Hopkins Middle… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 9732

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 20, 2015 9675

Dispatchers Overhear Drug Activity during…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8643

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7445

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4390

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 15296

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14340

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 25, 2015 2013

Man Hospitalized after Early Morning Car Accident

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 1889

Hopkins County Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted -…

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 1347

Muhlenberg Sheriff's Office Makes Cocaine Bust

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 1164

Students Serve to Learn Life Lesson

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 1082

Madisonville Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
November 26, 2015 995

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 949

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 891

Two Vehicle Collision Sends Four to Area Hospitals

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 888

A.G. Conway Announces $256 Million Settlement…

by SurfKY News
November 25, 2015 752

Thanksgiving is Peak Day for Cooking Fires

by SurfKY News