So When Exactly is the First Day of Fall?

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Lonny Kalfus

Search engine users around the country are frustrated: What day this week will summer officially become fall?

According to the U.S. government’s official web site, it is Wednesday, September 22, at 11:09 p.m. You’re welcome!

(Also, for those curious: the impetus for this post was the inexplicable-to-NewsFeed ‘spicy’ ranking for “Autumnal Equinox 2010” in Google Trends. Why do so many people care about what day the seasons change? Are there that many Wiccans in the U.S.? Or are people just curious about what day their seasonal affective disorder will kick in?)