By Eden Felde, Tribune Staff Writer
Think of winter. What months do you think of? December and November, right? Imagine thinking of winter, and snow, and sledding, and having July and August come to mind? Half of the world has an opposite experience than we do! When we in the Northern Hemisphere have Spring in April, the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing Fall in April. Imagine thinking December and imagining the beach, bathing suits and summer vacation? Millions of kids in the southern hemisphere experience just that. But WHY? How are the seasons formed?
The season of Fall is also known as Autumn. Autumn is the transition season between hot, hot summer, and cold, cold winter. Fall is known for being cool. All the trees turn red, orange, yellow and sometimes brown! The leaves then fall from the trees. Fall is when daylight becomes shorter and temperatures also get cooler. Fall starts on Tuesday, September 22 and ends on Monday, December 21st.
What causes the seasons? The tilt of the earth makes our planet very unique and gives us four, distinct seasons. The southern hemisphere of the earth will lean towards or away from the sun depending on what part of the year the earth’s rotation is in. The north pole always points the same direction. As the earth revolves around the sun, it maintains that tilt. It’s not the distance from the sun but it’s the tilt that causes fall.