September 23rd marks the first official day of Fall. Get excited for upcoming holidays and weather changes! See below for some interesting facts about the season that you may not have heard of before.
Fall leaves exist all year long
While leaves have the potential to be yellow & orange all year long, seeing the colors during other seasons is unlikely. In spring and summer time, the pigment chlorophyll gives them their green color. At the end of summer, the decreased daylight and cooler temperatures cause chlorophyll to break down and cause the brilliant yellow, orange, red leaves of fall.
Fall isn’t caused by the Earth’s distance from the sun
Fall, like all seasons, is caused by the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun. It gets warmer in each hemisphere when that hemisphere tilts towards the sun and it gets colder when it leans away. The actual distance from the sun at any given point doesn’t determine if it will be hot or cold out!
Fall is only “Fall” to Americans
Harvest was the original word used until the 1300s to describe the next few months of weather. This was because harvest also meant the gathering of ripe crops. But when the word Autumn showed up in English writing its popularity grew. Shortly after, poets started using the phrase “the fall of leaves” which later shortened to “fall” in the 1600s. By the mid-1800s, the word “fall” had stuck in America.
Fall leaf tourism brings in money
The actual term is called “leaf peeping”. When the chlorophyll fades and those beautiful colors start showing, people travel from all over to see the changing leaves. Many comes just for the pictures. States such as New England get many tourists just for this reason.
Pumpkin Spice doesn’t taste like pumpkins
You will see this everywhere now! Pumpkin spice coffees or treats are all the rage once this season starts. But the truth is it’s almost never the actual taste of pumpkin. Instead, the flavor comes from a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
Happy Fall from Fairbanks Construction! Enjoy the season!