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What is fall?
- Fall is also called autumn in North America.
- It is one of the four seasons. The others are winter, spring and summer.
- It is from September to November in Manitoba. Temperature slowly shifts from an average of 11.8°C to 24.8°C, to as low as -1°C to 9.8°C.
- The first day of fall is called autumnal equinox. This when the length of daylight is equal to darkness.
- It is spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern hemisphere.
- Autumn equinox in Canada is September 22, 23, or 24 of every year (time and date.com).
- Do you want to know more about equinoxes? Go to: The timenow.com.
Tips to enjoy fall
- Mild weather is perfect for camping
Start checking the temperature
- Camping is a great way to see Manitoba’s beauty in fall.
- There are less bugs during cooler weather. It is also a good time to get warm by the campfire and enjoy a hot drink.
- The trails are less crowded. There may be lower provincial park fees (check Manitoba Parks).
- Fall is the start of “aurora season”.
- Aurora borealis is also called northern lights. It is a beautiful display of lights in the night sky. It is caused by charged particles from the sun striking atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere (What causes the aurora borealis or northern lights? Eleanor Imster, Earth Science Wire).
Shift to fall clothing and get winter clothes ready
- Start the habit of checking the temperature before leaving the house. It will help you prepare for the weather.
- This is a good habit to have throughout winter.
Prepare for Thanksgiving and Halloween
- Store summer clothes and prepare sweaters, scarves and boots.
- It is best to layer clothes in the fall. Wear a light sweater on top of your shirt or blouse. Take it off later in the day when it gets warm. Put on a thick scarf when it gets colder in the evening.
- Re-arrange your closet. Start bringing out thicker clothes where you can easily get them.
Get your house ready for the colder months
- Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October. Halloween follows after.
- There will be feasts and parties. These celebrations are marked with food and merry-making.
- Get your kid’s costume ready for Halloween. You may need some candy for trick-or-treaters.
- This is the best time to do house repairs.
- Here are areas of the house you should inspect, repair or clean:
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Sweep out all the leaves and dirt. These can block the drainage system.
- Check the heating system. A professional can do it. You can also ask the building superintendent if you live in an apartment.
- A humidifier will keep your home comfortable. It prevents dry air during winter months.
- Check windows and doors if they are sealed when closed. It will help keep warm air inside your house. It will also lower heating bills.
- Change the batteries of smoke detectors and other house alarms.
- Adjust clocks to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time (first Sunday of November).
- Do general cleaning. Vacuum dust from carpets and other surfaces. This prevents allergies or breathing problems. Store patio furniture, gardening tools, or pool accessories in the garage.
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