September 9, 2015

The Official “End of Summer!”

The Fall or Autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (U.S, Canada) occurs every year on September 22, 23 or 24. In 2015, the Fall Equinox or the first day of Fall/Autumn will occur on Wednesday, September 23. With its sparkling colors and bright days, Fall is a favorite season for most people. 

But how do these seasons change? Each solstice and equinox is an astronomical event caused by the Earth’s rotation on its axis and its ceaseless revolution (orbit) around the sun. 
Seasons (summer, fall, winter and spring) are defined according to the position of the sun in relation to the winter and summer solstices. According to astronomers, the sun rises along the horizon in the Northern and Southern hemispheres in June and December respectively, regardless of your location on earth. 
Astronomers use solstice points to define the start of winter and summer seasons. For instance, June marks the start of winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere while it marks the start of summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
Equinoxes and Seasons
The equinoxes fall almost halfway between the winter and summer solstices. This is the reason why fall and spring are defined in terms of equinoxes. However, the Earth’s orbit is not really circular but elliptical because it tilts on its axis by 23.5 degrees. As a result, the fall and spring equinoxes do not fall exactly halfway between the summer and winter solstices. 
This means that during the two equinoxes (March and September), the sun shines directly on the equator because the Earth’s tilt and orbit is perpendicular to the sun. On other days of the year, either the Northern or the Southern hemisphere tilts more towards the sun. 
Day and night have almost the same length (12hours) during the equinox. This is why it is known as equinox, a Latin word meaning “equal night”. In reality, equinoxes don’t have precisely 12 hours of daylight. 

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the cool temperatures and watch the colorful leaves fall. However, these leaves can damage your roof and lead to costly roof replacements or repairs. That’s why you should install rain gutter guards before the end of Fall.

September 3, 2015

Brief History of Labor Day

Labor Day in the United States was created to celebrate the American Labor Movement and has been dedicated to the workers, the social and economic achievements of the workers and unions. This movement started the effort to reduce the workload from 12-16 hour days to the standard eight-hour working days which are now more common.  The objective was to leave more time for leisure forms of recreation, and eight hours for rest time. 

While Labor Day is celebrated in various countries around the world, for Canada and United States, it is celebrated the first Monday of September.  It is often viewed as the “unofficial” end of summer and beginning of the new school year. 

In the United States, Labor Day is a Federal holiday. In Canada, it has been celebrated since it began as a small parade in Toronto in the 1880s. The co-founder of American Federation of Labor, Peter J. McGuire, spoke at a Labor Festival in Toronto Canada in July 1882. McGuire started the United States Labor Day parades in New York City on July 1894.

Labor Day was started by workers and unions concerned about being taken for granted and made to work long, hard hours. The holiday shows respect for all hard-working employees and organizations. 

Now that Labor Day has passed, you should be thinking about getting your home ready for fall rainstorms and perhaps snowy weather. Getting in touch with a local business, such as gutter companies, is very important for installing gutter guards. Gutter guards are important for almost all types of buildings, and fall is a great time to review your home for repairs and upgrades.  Gutter guards can be an important addition to that effort.