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Weather: Equinox Enjoyed by All

By David Flagg
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- At 6:37 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Earth moved into its Autumnal Equinox position for the first time in just over a year. From all accounts, the equinox was received with much rejoicing and celebration. Celebration? Yes, because for just the second time this year, the entire planet could bask in 12 hours of sunlight. It’s nice to know that twice a year we can all put aside our differences and share daylight with those less fortunate folks near the poles. The inequality returned soon thereafter, unfortunately, leaving the North Pole enveloped in twilight and darkness until March 20, 2004.

Locally, seasonally mild temperatures will continue through the weekend despite an approaching cold front on Sunday. Outdoor plans for Saturday should be fine, but plans for Sunday might need some reconsideration. Rain, perhaps heavy at times, will be accompanied by moderate southerly winds on Sunday. Clearing skies will ensue early next week, followed by slightly cooler temperatures more typical of early fall. Fall foliage will be at peak color this weekend in far northern New England and near peak in the Green and White Mountains.

Weekend Outlook:

Today: Becoming mostly sunny after morning clouds. High near 73°F (23°C).

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low near 60°F (16°C).

Tomorrow: Becoming overcast by afternoon. A slight chance of showers in the evening. High near 74°F (23°C).

Tomorrow night: Cloudy, showers becoming more likely by morning. Low near 60°F (16°C).

Sunday: Cloudy, rain likely. High near 70°F (21°C).

Monday: Still cloudy, but rain less likely. High around 69°F (21°C).