Fall is my favorite time of year...by far. Winter and Spring are nice too, but not a big fan of the roasting heat of Summer. I love the serenity of
Fall, I love the weather and the quiet. It's just a peaceful time. I love the smells, the crispness of the air in the mornings and the slight warmth
of the afternoon sun. The smell of a fireplace, or some spiced cider, the sound of a chainsaw in the distance or the smell of fresh cut firewood, I
love it all.
Invariably, every fall, I often have the same recurring feeling..."I wish it would stay like this forever"
So yesterday I'm driving home and that same feeling hit me. I started thinking about the concept in some more detail. I wondered if there was a
place where it was perpetually Fall. NOTE - I'm not really referring to the seasonal growing cycle here and the technical definition of "fall", but
really just the weather. In doing so I realized something I'd never really thought about before.
On our planet Earth you can easily find a place where it's always summer, and you can find a place where it's always winter. So logic would seem to
suggest that halfway between these places there should be a place where it's always be fall (or spring), right? But this is not the case. (maybe a
"DUH!!" moment here, but bear with me). Instead, what you get at halfway is a place where you get all four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall)
(another "DUH" moment, I know). Hang in there, we're going someplace with this...
Okay, so understanding the tilt of the Earth's axis (23.5 degrees), and the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, we can easily understand the seasonal
cycle. So, we have to look harder. Now let's say we split the difference again, no longer just "half" way but roughly three quarters away from the
latitude of perpetual summer. This would put us somewhere south of the polar circles (say somewhere around 47-55 degrees north or south). Okay, now
we have an even weirder situation. Now the "weather" is fall-like for much of the year. We've found Utopia, right? Hardly!...
At these locals and climes, on Earth, we have some of the fiercest weather, some of the most uninhabitable terrain and some of the most hostile
environs of anyplace on Earth. In the south we have the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties, and to the north we have Siberia, northern Canada,
Greenland and Iceland, some of the least densely populated places in the Northern Hemisphere.
The other thing about these locations is, there is a pretty significant daylight penalty. In the summer months the days are often 20+ hours long, but
in the fall the days are far shorter than they are at lower latitudes. Consequently, less time to enjoy the fall weather unless you like doing it in
So, it turns out "Fall" really IS a pretty rare and magical thing after all!
I thought that was kind of interesting.
edit on 9/25/2018 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)