It may not feel like it, but fall starts Monday, September 23. With it, later sunrises, earlier sunsets and less daylight hours.

The autumnal equinox is Monday September 23 at 2:50am central time. This is the point in the earth’s orbit in which the earths tilt on its axis doesn’t matter much. Many people think it’s a day in which we have exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of sunlight….not exactly.

On Monday, September 23, we will have 12 hours and 7 minutes of daylight. The sun will rise at 7:09am and the sun will set at 7:16pm. On the 26/27, we’ll transition from above to below 12 hours of daylight.

The season is due to the earths tilt on its axis. The earth is tilted at 23.5°. Well technically it wobbles between 22.5° and 24.5°. In the northern hemisphere, we are tilted towards the sun during the summer solstice. This allows more direct sunlight to enter the earth’s atmosphere and warm us up. On the other end, we are tilted away from the sun on the winter solstice. The spring and fall equinox is a time in which the earths tilt on its axis doesn’t really make much of a difference.

Regardless, fall is a time in which we see leaves change color and fall, pumpkin spiced everything, and  cooler temperatures as we approach winter. The normal high in Tyler goes under 80 degrees on October 12, goes under 70 degrees on November 6, and bottoms out in the middle 50s in early January.

As for daylight, yea the sun is setting earlier and rising later. The earliest sunset in Tyler comes on November 3, at 5:29pm. The latest sunrise in Tyler comes on January 8 at 7:23am.