Can I just call it the Crabby (Hangry) Moon?

Winter full moon Andrew Mayovskyy ShutterstocFebruary’s full moon is commonly referred to as the Snow Moon because the moth of February is often the snowiest month in the United States, as well as other parts of the northern hemisphere.

In the UK, the full moon will grace the skies at 4.56 pm on Wednesday 16 February. This will be 11:57 am EST – so the USA should look for the Moon set early tomorrrow morning or the Moonrise tonight or tomorrow.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) explained: “The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published Indian names for the full moons in the 1930’s, and according to this almanac, this was known as the Snow moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

Traditionally, the February full moon was referred to as the Hunger Moon, because hunting was very difficult in snowy conditions and food scarcity was faced.  Brutal weather conditions during February severely impacted the ability of Native American tribes to hunt.

Bone Moon was another reference, as there was typically a shortage of food, with people gnawing on bones and eating bone marrow soup to get by.

Let’s see ~ snow + cold + lack of food.
Sounds like someone is HANGRY at this point.
Time to change the name.

Photo: Andrew Mayovskyy/Shutterstock


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