The forecast is looking good for the first annual Myrtleville Mabon Dawn Swim – Thursday, September 22nd at 06.30.
WTF is he on about this time?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the September equinox (AKA Mabon) astronomically marks the start of Autumn. It is the time to respect the impending dark while giving thanks to the sunlight.
For meteorologists, on the other hand, Autumn begins about three weeks before the September equinox – on September 1.
However, after representations from Daniel Swagrzyk and Denis Condon, the Committee For Deciding When Autumn Starts (CFDWAS) agreed with them that September 1st only applied to the school teachers, so we’d ignore it. Sorry, Ruth etc but September 22nd it is.
Huge crowds are expected (maybe even more than the nine people there this morning) so park miles away and walk down, really quietly. Given the light this morning, it probably will be the last of the dawn swims for this year. The sun didn’t come up until after we’d got out today. Water was nice and warm, though.