Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!


MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Who is ready to say goodbye to summer? At 10:21 a.m. ET the autumnal equinox will occur. The autumnal equinox signifies a change in seasons, from summer to fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere will welcome the beginning of spring. As the Earth spins around the sun in 365 days, rotating on a 23.5 degree axis, there will be different seasons due to a certain hemisphere’s tilt towards/away from the sun.

An equinox occurs when the sun is shining directly over the equator, giving almost 12 hours of sunlight on that day. “Equinox” is derived from Latin, meaning “equal night.” With a sunrise time of 7:23 a.m. and a sunset time of 7:31 p.m., we will see roughly 12 hours of sunlight today. As December approaches, the Northern Hemisphere will tilt further away from the sun. The sun is rising later now, and the moon rise is getting earlier. Ultimately, our days are becoming shorter due to less sunlight. A decrease in direct sunlight will result in cooler conditions.

However, for those of you eager for the arrival of cooler weather, it looks like you may be waiting a while. According to the latest Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the month of October, there is a 40% chance that the state of Georgia will have temperatures running higher than normal. The average high temperature in the month of October for Georgia is 77 degrees. As drought conditions are worsening in the Peach state, the fall season doesn’t look like it will bring us the rain we need. The CPC predicts a 33% chance that rainfall totals will be below average across middle Georgia. Typically Georgia receives just over 2.75 inches of rainfall in October.

Overall, even though the season is changing, summer isn’t ready to leave just yet. Temperatures are trending above average, with little rainfall predicted across the southeast.

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.