seasons http://michiganradio.org en What fall smells like in Michigan and around the world http://michiganradio.org/post/what-fall-smells-michigan-and-around-world <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wet leaves, cider, campfire — for many Michiganders, these are the smells of fall.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But our friends over at WNYC’s <em>Radiolab</em> wanted to get an idea of what autumn smells like all over the world.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So with the help of Google Maps and talented olfactory nerves, the Radiolab crew is <a href="http://www.radiolab.org/crowdsourcing/smello-map/report/3/">compiling a map</a> that highlight the scent of autumn around the U.S. and beyond. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Here are some the responses so far from Michigan. Leaves seem to be the big winner:</span></span></p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Salt, smoke and sweet rotting apples”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Leaf-burning, skunks”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Cider spices and dead leaves”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Cold, crispy leaves and firepits”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Musky leaves”</span></span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">And the rest of the world:</span></span></p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Roasted chestnuts and sea salt” - Istanbul, Turkey</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Roasted chestnuts, cigarette smoke, wet asphalt, diesel fumes, fresh-baked bread” - Lyon, France</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Salt and damp seaweed” - Coronado, CA</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Its spring here [sic]” - Melbourne, Australia</span></span></p></li></ul><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:20:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15200 at http://michiganradio.org What fall smells like in Michigan and around the world Fall is officially here! http://michiganradio.org/post/fall-officially-here <p>The autumnal equinox happened today at 5:05 a.m. ET. It marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the time of year when temperatures start to drop and the days start to get shorter.</p><p>Every year there are two equinoxes, one in March that marks the beginning of spring and one in September that marks the beginning of fall.</p><p>National Geographic explains:</p><blockquote><p>The autumnal equinox and vernal equinox are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead. On the Northern Hemisphere&#39;s autumnal equinox, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness. On the same day, a person at the South Pole would also see the sun skim the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight.</p></blockquote><p>Equinoxes explained:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxeFf7OACEQ</p><p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:11:29 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 4283 at http://michiganradio.org Fall is officially here! There's hope! Days getting longer in northern hemisphere http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-hope-days-getting-longer-northern-hemisphere <p>I was hoping to get to this post sooner, but the day just got away from me.</p><p>Today seemed unusually short. That's because it IS the shortest day of the year.</p><p>And soon, very soon, the days in the northern hemisphere will start to get longer.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:50:40 +0000 Mark Brush 673 at http://michiganradio.org There's hope! Days getting longer in northern hemisphere Lunar eclipse tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lunar-eclipse-tonight <p><strong>Update December 21st, 2:00 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Well, I woke up... the Earth's shadow is passing over the moon right now. NASA says it'll be in full eclipse starting at 2:41 a.m. and then the shadow will start slipping off the moon at 3:53 a.m.</p><p>Welcome to the shortest day of the year! Now... time for bed.</p><p><strong>December 20th, 1:12 p.m.</strong></p><p>It's not as special as a solar eclipse, which happens in one spot (say in Detroit, MI) around once every several hundred years, but a lunar eclipse is still pretty cool. Even if it does happen around twice a year.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:12:01 +0000 Mark Brush 652 at http://michiganradio.org Lunar eclipse tonight