Moon Lore: Weather

Martha White
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Farmers, sailors, and other sky watchers have long used the Moon to predict the weather.

The next time that you look up at the Moon, consider this weather-related folklore:

  • In the wane of the Moon, a cloudy morning bodes a fair afternoon.
  • If the crescent Moon holds its points upward, able to contain water, it predicts a dry spell.
  • If the new Moon stands on its points, expect precipitation to spill out.
  • A winter full Moon is a time for long cold snaps.
  • A full Moon in April brings frost.
  • Sailors agree that the full Moon “eats clouds.”
  • Two full Moons in a month increase the chances of flood.
  • A pale full Moon indicates rain, while a red one brings wind.
  • A Christmas full Moon predicts a poor harvest.
  • The days following a new Moon or a full Moon are typically stormy.


The 1994 Old Farmer's Almanac

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A pale moon indicates rain

A pale moon indicates rain because greater humidity will filter out more light rays. Dry wind may favor a reddish moon as low moisture will not block as much light from the red portion of the spcectrum, making the moon appear more red.

I love these moon folklores

I love these moon folklores but are there any on the planets like when I see the moon & Venus or mercury on the same night?

There is much folklore about

There is much folklore about the planets, especially Venus--named after the love goddess. She's beautiful but deadly. See our Venus page:

A ring around the moon. Count

A ring around the moon. Count the stars therein. Rain will be coming in that many days.

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