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Ask Caleb: Does the Moon Affect the Weather?

Ask Caleb: Does the Moon Affect the Weather?

Does the distance or phase of the Moon affect our weather?

In doing a study of major winter storms over the past 100-years, I’ve found that the majority of them seem to occur near the time of first quarter phase or several days after the full Moon. As for the distance, the Moon can be 13% closer to Earth at its perigee (closest) versus its apogee (farthest point), but unless the Moon is near new or full phase, the Moon’s distance doesn’t seem to have too much of an effect. Of course, at new and full, the Moon is closely aligned with the Earth and Sun, so the Sun’s tidal effect is correspondingly added to that of the Moon’s.

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