14 interesting facts about autumn
Mellow autumn is one of the most interesting and beautiful seasons of the year. However, not everyone will agree with this fact — some people associate autumn with wilt and fading, and there’re enough people in the world who like other seasons more. But aren’tthe autumn forests and parks beautiful, with their yellow and red foliage? No wonder that this time of year gives the inspiration for so many poets, writers and artists. Golden fall is incredible!
Top amazing facts about autumn
- There is no autumn in the equatorial belt of Earth, and also no winter or summer at all, but dry and rainy seasons only.
- Autumn depression is a real diagnosis. It affects about 5% of the population of countries in which autumn occurs.
- In the Southern hemisphere, the autumn months are March, April and May, and in the Northern one autumn lasts September, October and November.
- Short-term heat in autumn, known as Indian summer, happens almost every year.
- Officially, the meteorological autumn does not quite coincide with the calendar, as the atmosphere and soil slow down the change of seasons.
- The leaves of trees turn yellow in autumn due to a decrease in chlorophyll content in them, which gives them a green color. Many people say that yellow and red maple leaves in autumn are amazing (check 16 facts about maple trees).
- Wet leaves covering the road every autumn are very slippery. A car braking distance is extended by 5-10 times because of them.
- According to statistics, the autumn months have more weddings than the winter, summer or spring ones.
- Psychoanalysts note that in fall many people have a dulled sense of fear.
- Etymologically, in many different languages the word “autumn” means “harvest time”.
- US scientists have found that people born in the fall live longer in average than those born in other months. Why? Nobody knows.
- The autumnal equinox falls on September 22-23. That’s why once upon in time people had been counting autumn from 23 of September instead of 1st.
- Once inhabited the territory of Ireland, the Celts considered the autumn months of August, September and October.
- Indian summer is known as “gypsy summer” in some Mediterranean countries.