Snow Moon: February Full Moon Phases

It's the Snow Moon! Find February Full Moon phases for 2016—plus, best days by the Moon, full Moon names, and more.

Full Moon Names

February's full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

See more about the month's Full Moon names and their meanings.

2016 Moon Phase Dates

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

Please note: The Last Quarter Moon phase was January 31, 10:28 P.M. ET.


New Moon: February 8, 9:39 A.M.


First Quarter: February 15, 2:46 A.M.

Full Moon: February 22, 1:20 P.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Snow Moon. Click below to watch video.

Best Days in February 2016

Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon's sign and phase in April.

For Planting
Aboveground crops: 9, 10, 18, 19
Belowground crops: 1, 27–29

For Setting Eggs
16, 17, 24, 25

For Fishing

Moon Fact and Folklore

  • February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon.
  • Did you know that the Moon's diameter is 2,160 miles? This is less than the width of the United States (approximately 3,000 miles), and 0.27 of Earth's diameter (7,926 miles).
  • Wolves have howled at the Moon for centuries, yet it is still there.
  • And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the Moon.
    —Edward Lear, English poet (1812-88)

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Been reading Old Farmer's

Been reading Old Farmer's Almanac for forty years. Someone nicked my 2015 issue so I had to go online!

Which tribes called it " the

Which tribes called it " the hunger moon " and which tribes did not ?

Our sources say that the

Our sources say that the Algonquin tribe sometimes used this name. The Choctaw used a similar name, "Little Famine Moon." The Osage used the "Hunger Moon" name instead for the first full Moon of their year.

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At the beginning of Feb. I

At the beginning of Feb. I saw an article that showed various moons, one was just the circumference, which I don't believe I have ever seen. Now I cannot find it, is there such a moon?

Sometimes they forget to

Sometimes they forget to properly manage the holographic images. .|●●% truth. .sincerely GGJR:-) have a great day £♡Michael

We re-checked the images

We re-checked the images against the current Almanac and they are correct. We're not sure what you might be referencing if you have any more information!

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Great almanac,best I've come across!

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I live in Fl., on the west

I live in Fl., on the west coast, will I be able to see the snow moon on Feb. 14th

I am not a Farmer. Should I

I am not a Farmer. Should I be interested in your Farmer's Almanac and what is in it for me?

Though it was an agricultural

Though it was an agricultural society when we started in colonial days, this is not longer the case. The Old Farmer's Almanac is for all walks of life and, hence, North America's most popular periodical. See more about us here:

Thank you for a prompt reply

Thank you for a prompt reply

Thanks to the Great Spirit

Thanks to the Great Spirit and the rise of the full snow moon!

Yes! Praise the Lord!!!! The

Yes! Praise the Lord!!!! The snow Moon!!!

Love your site

Love your site