Happy Fall From The B-Town Blog! Now Go Put On Some Sunscreen And Stand An Egg On Its End

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At precisely 2:18pm PDT today (Tuesday, Sept. 22nd), the autumnal equinox takes place, shifting us into the wonderful Fall season chock full of colorful, crunchy leaves, football, and our favorite, walking through freshly-woven spider webs every flippin’ morning.

However, oddly enough, today’s weather will be anything but fall-like, with a high predicted to be in the mid-80s (perhaps this is Summer’s last hurrah?). According to Meteorologist Cliff Mass:

A huge, high-amplitude upper ridge is developing over the west coast … This is really amazing…with unusually high pressure developing aloft and at low levels. Such a major ridge is associated with warm temps aloft and with offshore flow and added warming at low levels … Very, very warm temps in California, offshore and downslope flow over the Cascades, warming over our region.

Western Washington should surge into the mid-70s tomorrow and mid-80s on Wednesday and Thursday. Impressive for late September!

Back to Fall – according to people much smarter than us, the September equinox is defined as:

“When the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward, out of the northern hemisphere. The location on the earth where the sun is directly overhead at solar noon is known as the ‘subsolar point.’ The point is located on the equator during both the September (fall) and March (spring) equinox. At those days, the earth’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the earth and the sun. “

Some say that you can stand an egg on its end “only on an equinox” (Sept. or March), but, according to Snopes, that isn’t necessarily true:

“”Rarely does a year go by in which a local TV station doesn’t send a reporter out to a neighborhood park to capture images of people decidedly placing eggs on the ground and watching in amazement as the eggs stand on end. Rarely do we see any new stories reporting that this same feat can be achieved every other day of the year as well.

“The Chinese are thought to have originated the practice of standing eggs on end during the equinox. Just as the equinox symbolically restores balance to the world by signalling its rebirth after a season of darkness, the equinox literally balances the day by dividing it into equal portions of darkness and light. If the symbol of fertility — eggs — could be balanced on end during a day equally divided between day and night, this was a sign that all nature was in harmony. That the balancing of eggs could be achieved on any day of the year was of no importance; what everyone wanted and needed was a familiar, reassuring ritual to demonstrate that all was right with the world.”

However, we still invite all Readers to try and balance an egg on its end today, take some pics and email ’em in – we’ll print the most interesting and make you famous, at least in Burien.

Here’s a tip on how to successfully get eggs to balance:

  • Because most eggs’ yolks are off center, try shaking the egg – this will break up the yolk and lower the egg’s center of gravity to help it balance.
  • And because egg shells have tiny bumps on them, they can act as “feet” to stand the egg up.
  • Have one person stand the egg up while the other takes the pic.
  • Stop bumpin’ the table dude, I’m trying to make the egg stand on its end!

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