Wednesday at 2:22 a.m. is the autumnal equinox when the sun’s rays are directly above the equator and both the north and southern hemispheres are getting equal rays.
Astronomically, this is not a big deal, but for Costa Rica the end of the Northern Hemisphere summer means high season is coming. The northern autumn can mean crisp days with the air full of footballs.
But there also is a chance of an unexpected October snow storm in higher latitudes.
Tourism operators here hope that the first chills have U.S. and Canadian citizens thinking about pristine white beaches and winter sun tans. Those in tourism here who know what they are doing already have contacted past foreign customers with inviting invitations.
The first reservations should be on the books already.
Even though the sun will be moving south, the rays still are formidable. Physicians warn that be it September or February those seeking a tan and a dose of vitamin D should avoid the time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when ultraviolet light is the most intense.
For those elsewhere, the equinox this year will be at 8:22 UTC.