Fall arrives Thursday

It’s time to put away the shorts and T-shirts and pull out pants and sweaters.

Thursday (SEPT 22) is the first day of fall. It officially arrives in northeast Michigan at 9:04 p.m.

Fall marks the return of the autumnal equinox and one of only two times a year when the sun crosses the equator and the day and night hours are of nearly equal length.

The other time is when the vernal equinox occurs in March, marking the beginning of spring.

The first day of autumn does not occur on the same day each year, but does fall between September 20th and the 23rd.

Daylight hours will continue to decrease until the arrival of the winter solstice, or the first day of winter, on December 21.