Snow Moon Name Origin
What is a Snow Moon? Traditionally, the heaviest snow falls and piles even higher in February. Usually this month is a time for snow and cold air temperatures, so Native American tribes most often called February’s full Moon the Snow Moon or the Full Snow Moon.
Snow Moon Name Variations
Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon or Full Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions. Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Little Famine Moon, and Full Bony Moon are other traditional names for February’s full moon.
When is the next Snow Moon?
The Snow Moon dates are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full moon dates shift from year to year. For Snow Moon times in your city, please use the Time Zone Converter.
Full Moon Names History
Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Snow Moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.
Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.
Full Moon Calendar
For more information regarding the exact dates of all of the full moons, please see our full moon calendar.
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Moon Phases, Full Moons and Moon Calendars
As the Moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. Follow these links to understand the various phases of the moon.