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Say hello to autumn — before it’s gone

A few fleeting weeks of coolness, not cold

Eleni Hill, 5 years old, of Saratoga Springs, paints a pumpkin during the Henry Street Harvest Festival in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, September 22, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Eleni Hill, 5 years old, of Saratoga Springs, paints a pumpkin during the Henry Street Harvest Festival in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, September 22, 2013.
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For the Capital Region, fall means festivals, foliage and runners taking to the streets for sweat-free cardio. Unfortunately, that light-jacket apple-picking weather doesn’t last long. “It’s a pretty small window,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Frugis. “You don’t see the sort of average temperatures we get during fall for very long.” Fall officially began Sunday with the autumnal equinox. The equinox basically marks the tipping point between hours of light and hours of darkness. ...

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