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The Final Full Moon of Winter

I don't know about you, but I am getting spring fever something fierce! I am ready for warm weather, and being able to spend time outside.  Although in the Tri-State we really have had a fairly mild winter temperature-wise with a few cold snaps here and there, I'm ready for warmer months to be here.  Warmer days are on the horizon though as spring is right around the corner, we just have one more full moon to get through before spring!

Photo by Kym MacKinnon on Unsplash
Photo by Kym MacKinnon on Unsplash

The Full Worm Moon

The March full moon is known as the Worm Moon.  According to Space.com the name Worm Moon is believed to come from the fact that March is when earthworms start emerging (I still think there are better name options, but no one asked me).  However, the Ontario Native Literacy Project says the Objibwe peoples of North America called the March full moon the Sugar Moon because it coincided with the time of year maple tree sap was harvested.  To be honest, I like the name Sugar Moon much better!


Here is what the Farmer's Almanac says about the Worm Moon:

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.

The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.


When to see the Final Full Moon of Winter, the Worm Moon

Look up to the night sky on March 7th, and you'll see the full Worm Moon.   Since Spring doesn't officially start until March 20th, that makes the Worm Moon the final full moon of this winter.

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