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February’s Full Snow Moon

While January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow usually falls a month later. It’s only natural then, that the name for February’s moon among Native American tribes of the north and east was the Full Snow Moon.

Among the Micmac people of eastern Canada, the driving winds that often accompany February snows led the name Snow-Blinding Moon. Because this month’s typically harsh weather conditions made hunting very difficult, other common names for February’s Moon included the Hunger Moon, Bony Moon, and Little Famine Moon.

To the early American colonists, the optimal time for trapping beaver, fox, and mink, was the dead of winter, when these animals’ coats were at their fullest, so, to them, February’s moon was known as the Trapper’s Moon.

4 Responses

  1. History does repeat itself … weather-wise! Be careful everyone and have fun shoveling!

    by WhoDat PA on Feb 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  2. Interesting but the coming four full blood moon tetrads are much more interesting.

    by Yowie on Feb 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

  3. Farmers used the month of Feb. to get farm equipment in top shape for spring. Not much else could be done on the farms except prepare for the coming farming season, and the ladies would quilt, sew and mend clothes for all the family. Heard these stories and others about life on the farms as I was growing up.

    by Jerry Fountain on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

  4. Gee…the Full Snow Moon in 1940 (Valentine’s Day Blizzard) …I guess we haven’t created sufficient CO2 to preclude the repeat Full Snow Moon (Valentine’s Day Blizzard) of 2014…Gee!

    by Pepe on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

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