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Folklore: Does the Moon Affect Weather?

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Using the Moon to predict the weather

Martha White
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Farmers, sailors, and other sky watchers have long used the Moon to predict the weather. See if this folklore holds true where you live!

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

  • 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.

Love folklore? See if you recognize any of these weather sayings and discover their meanings.

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