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It's a Full Moon Tonight!

If you talk to anyone in Alpena, Michigan or Atlantic City, NJ that has ever seen me do the weather, they will most likely tell you one thing.


The Farmer's Almanac is the best place to find the nicknames for all of these moons.  Native American tribes named the moons based upon what was going on in their lives at the time of the full moon.

My grandfather is the one who got me started.  When I decided I wanted to be a meteorologist (and on TV) he made it a point to teach me all the moon names!  He watches the Cleveland, Ohio stations, and there is one meteorologist who is famous there.  His name is Dick Goddard, and he is a legend.  Every month Dick makes a point to mention the moon and its name, so every time the moon was full...ring ring...Grandpa calling! 

"Guess what I am looking at?  A big full moon!  Do you know what it is named?"

I never did.  Somehow I always forgot to cheat and research it first.  Well, now, I am usually the one calling him and asking if he knows!

Some of them are easier to guess than others...this month is one of the simplest.  [It actually has more to do with the proximity to the fall equinox than the month of occurrence...but that does not matter!]

September is the Full Harvest Moon!  In the middle of the harvest, farmers are able to work late into the evening by the light of this moon. 

Other names include:

Full Corn Moon, Full Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, Nut Moon, Chrysanthemum Moon, Mulberry Moon, Singing Moon


The Moon when calves grow hair.

If you have a chance, check out the moon Monday evening!  And, of course, join me hear in the "neighborhood" each month as we discuss the nicknames of each Full Moon!



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