Hello to my star gazing friends! Tuesday marks the February full moon, but the name given to the moon just doesn't sync up this month.
The February full moon is known on the Full Snow Moon. The name comes from the fact that the heaviest snow generally falls in February. This was a name given by native tribes from the north and east. According to the Farmers' Almanac, this month was also called the Full Hunger Moon by some tribes. The name comes from harsh weather this time of year and it made hunting very difficult.
But let's get down to the reality of this winter. The name just doesn't fit this year. No measurable snowfall has come down in Indianapolis so far this month. And looking at the winter season all together, only 6.9" of snow has fallen. When you compare this to last year, the figures are polar opposites. Last year, 33.4" of snow had already fallen by this date.
Instead, the full snow moon will be shining down on a snow free ground and even some plants that have already started to pop up.
The moon is officially full at 4:54 PM Tuesday.