ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Throughout this weather web article, I’ll be discussing the monthly full moon names for the months of October, November, and December.
October is called the “Hunter’s Moon”, November is called the “Beaver Moon” and finally the December full moon is named the “Cold Moon”.
The “Hunter’s Moon” occurs on October 13 in the late afternoon or early evening. This particular full moon is named after the preferred month for hunting summer-fattened deer and fox, which are unable to hide in now barren fields. This particular full moon is seen as a bright and long-lasting one and gives the hunters the opportunity to stalk their prey during the evening. Other names for this particular full moon are called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon”.
Next, we move onto the “Beaver Moon”, which will occur on November 12 in the morning. There’s apparent disagreement over the origin of the November full moon name of the Beaver Moon. According to some, this name comes from the Native Americans setting beaver traps during the month of November. Meanwhile, according to others, they say this name comes from the heavy activity of the beavers building their dams during the wintertime. You might be asking yourself, why this name of “Beaver Moon?”. During November, it was a month to set beaver traps before the swamps got frozen over, to help ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another name used for this particular full moon is called, the “Frost Moon”.
Finally, we will discuss the “Cold Moon”, which will occur on December 12 in the early morning. The coming of the winter season has earned the month of December’s full moon the name of “Cold Moon”. Other names for this particular full moon in December is also the “Long Night Moon” and the “Oak Moon”.
This is the fourth and final full moon names article in this weather web article series. Enjoy the monthly full moons, especially when the conditions outside are ideal, preferably clear skies when you can see the moon!
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