Welcome to the February Weather Thread!
The full moon in February is on the 19th and called the Full Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall of February. This name dates back to the Native American tribes who resided in the northeastern United States before and during Colonial times, when the Moons were a way of tracking the seasons. And the Native Americans were right to give February’s Moon this name: on average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.
Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon. Others called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (from the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni, of the Southwest), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee, of the Southeast). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.