1. Squirrels get smarter during the Fall season. When they are burying nuts and seeds in hundreds of their stored areas, it has been proven that there is a 15 percent increase in memory and emotion to remember where all the areas are.
- States like New hampshire and Vermont get about $2 billion annually during Fall. This is because of million out of state tourists going to see the changing colors .
- During the Fall season a bird named the Arctic Tern takes an annual round- trip migration of 44,000 miles. They migrate between Greenland and the Antarctic. This is the world’s largest commute for any species of bird.
4. Fall leaf colors are actually present year round. The red, orange and yellow colors of leaves are actually under the surface of the leaves year round. Plants give off a chemical called chlorophyll that gives plants its green color when turning light into energy. During Fall, the colors are more visible because less light is given off in the atmosphere.
- Until about the 15 hundreds, Fall was called “Harvest.” The Autumn equinox is known as the harvest moon,and it was also called harvest because farmers would stay out later to harvest crops.
- Fall colors are slowly disappearing. Scientist believe that global warming is delaying the color of the leaves. A small part of the color shift is the lower temperatures. According to a study in 2014 found that the colors of the leaves arrived five days later than it did 20 years ago.
- The northern lights or the Aurora Borealis, occur twice as often during the Fall and Winter season. The northern lights are charged particles from the Sun entering the Earth’s atmosphere, it is more visible because of the longer clearer nights.
- The Autumn equinox that occurred this year on September 22nd is one of the two days when Earth gets 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.
- Some places never experience fall. Tropical places by the equator like the Caribbean and Puerto Rico normally have temperatures ranging from 75 to 85 degrees fahrenheit.
- Americans are expected to spend about $8 billion on candy for Halloween 2017.
By Tristan Andaya
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