Full Moon Bonfire – February 9


Full Moon Bonfire

Sunday, February 9, 2020
Sunset – 6:00 pm
Moonrise – 6:37 pm
High Tide – 8:30 pm
Full Snow Moon

The weather for January’s Full Moon Bonfire was perfect. The forecast is good for another great bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. We will start the bonfire near sunset and it will need to be out by 10:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 1 and 2.

To keep things simple, each person brings what you want: food, drinks, chairs and a stick of firewood for a big bonfire. Nothing will be provided but a beautiful beach, a bonfire and, hopefully, a full moon. Please note, all that debris from Dorian is not yet ready for the bonfire so bring aged wood instead.

The International Space Station will be having a flyby beginning at 6:53 pm. Let’s hope for a clear sky so we can wave to our astronauts.

People ask if bonfire will be held if it’s cold or rainy….if the weather is so cold (i.e. below 40) or rain is threatening, the bonfire will be cancelled as no one would be comfortable attending.

Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar:

Monday, March 9
Tuesday, April 7
Thursday, May 7

There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests.

How the Full Moon got its name

Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):

February: Full Snow Moon – Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

I found another web site (http://newsclipper.hubpages.com/hub/The-Moon-Facts-Trivia-and-Folklore) This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Bony Moon and the English Medieval name was also the Storm Moon.

Another web site (https://www.space.com/16830-full-moon-calendar.html) says the Chinese call it Budding Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

(Image credit: Tidelines)