The First Day of Fall
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Autumn (British English) or fall (American English) is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere), when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools down considerably. One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees.
Some cultures regard the autumnal equinox as “mid-autumn”, while others with a longer temperature lag treat it as the start of autumn. Meteorologists (and most of the temperate countries in the southern hemisphere) use a definition based on months, with autumn being September, October and November in the northern hemisphere, and March, April and May in the southern hemisphere.
In North America, autumn is usually considered to start with the September equinox (21 to 24 September) and end with the winter solstice (21 or 22 December). Popular culture in North America associates Labor Day, the first Monday in September, as the end of summer and the start of autumn; certain summer traditions, such as wearing white, are discouraged after that date.
Fall in Pagosa
The Fall color season is beginning in the San Juan mountains around Pagosa Springs. The next three or so weeks should be spectacular in any direction from town. Most of the highways and National Forest Access Roads north and east of Pagosa are beautiful. Travel them if you can. Watch our forecast on Pagosa.com as our color change is a little later than most of Colorado.
Over the next few weeks the colors in Pagosa Country will be reaching “primetime.” The river follage is mostly turned and the aspen at the highest elevations are turning.
Return to this page and the Pagosa Peak Pics section as the color season continues to find good color drives, hikes and photo essays.
Remember,the big game hunters, you will be sharing the forest with them. Wear bright orange vests and hats, available in all local sports stores.