There has been much chatter on our website about the signs of winter. For the most part it has been about the persimmon seeds and the woollybear caterpillar. I know it is early – winter starts next week – but we have had so many reports from the mid section of the US about spoon shaped seeds that I have to pay attention to all the storms that have hit and are predicted for much of the country. From Flagstaff Arizona to New Orleans to the East Coast, it is an active weather pattern and a cold one indeed. Folks in North Dakota have been pounded and someone from Chicago said their weather is “freezy, snowy and nuts.”. Hang on, I think we are in for a ride this winter. The common theme has been the cold temps and frequent snow.
On another subject – Full Moons:
Question: please tell me why in 2008 the Sept. full moon is the harvest moon, and Oct. is the hunter’s moon, while in 2009 the Sept. full moon is the corn moon, and the Oct. full moon is the harvest moon.
Answer: The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox. While in two out of three years, the Harvest Moon comes in September, there are years where the September Full Moon comes a bit too early and as a result the Harvest Moon is pushed back to October.
In 2009, the September Full Moon is on the 4th, the Equinox comes 18 days later (September 22nd). But, the October Full Moon is closer to the Equinox, since it comes just 12 days later on October 4th.
I am always interested in what is happening with weather everywhere in the US and Canada. If you’d like to send me a photo of what is going on, I will post it on our website. Stay warm.