It appears that Ketchikan’s fall will be wet.
A 4.57-inch downpour blessed the First City not two days into the official autumn season.
The autumnal equinox occurred Sept. 22 in the midst of a weeks-long wet spell in the community.
From here on out, the days become shorter than the nights as the sun rises later and nightfall descends earlier. Of course, temperatures will drop as the winter solstice comes closer.
Autumn colors showed early this year as did the dried needles falling off of the trees. As the light decreases, the leaves respond and photosynthesis occurs. Ketchikan has its red, yellow and orange foliage mixed among the evergreens.
Undoubtedly, with recent rains, some residents have already started planning escapes to drier and warmer climates.
But, for those who wish to stay at home, it is the beginning of sweeping leaves and needles, storing hoses, stocking firewood and burrowing inside for the cold and dark months to come.
It’s also an OK time to bring out the lights. If any place can and perhaps should illuminate well before Christmas, it is a community with as much rain and dark as Ketchikan can have.
The dark will come. And the past few weeks indicate the rain will be plentiful this season.
Let’s make the most of it.