1st September already!
And it's the start of meteorological autumn. The meteorological calendar uses our Gregorian calendar to split up the four seasons into three month blocks, which, according to the Met Office, makes it easier to observe forecasting and compare seasonal statistics.
- Spring: March, April, May
- Summer: June, July, August
- Autumn: September, October, November
- Winter: December, January, February
If you follow the astronomical calendar however the first day of autumn in 2017 will be 22nd September. Astronomers base the date of the seasons upon celestial events, in autumn's case the autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal length. In 2017 this will take place on September 22.
Thanks to Des for stopping to take this stunning photo of the morning mist across the fells whilst on his way to work this morning (1/9/17). We think it captures the first day of autumn perfectly!
Early morning mist looking across the South Lakeland fells towards Coniston Old Man