Will Grand Junction Get Gypped Out of Tonight’s ‘Full Buck Moon’?
Today at 6:57 p.m. eastern time you will be treated to a "Full Buck Moon" or a "Full Thunder Moon." Then again, you might not.
Unfortunately, Western Colorado is also being treated to cloudy skies and a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms. What exactly is a "Full Buck Moon" and are we going to get to see it?
According to cnbc.com, the name "Buck Moon" is one of three names associated with this particular full moon. Farmers in North America often refer to it as a "Hay Moon" while others call it a "Thunder Moon."
Why a "Full Buck Moon"? According to the Farmers' Almanac, the name refers to the antlers of male deer. As summer reaches its peak, the velvety antlers of a male deer finish growing.
Why "Hay Moon"? At this time of year, farmers begin to store their hay for winter.
Okay, so why "Thunder Moon"? The month of July gets its fair share of thunderstorms, kind of like those Western Colorado is experiencing today.
Step outside this evening and enjoy the "Full-Buck-Thunder-Hay Moon." Chances are, if you're in Western Colorado, you're going to get soaked while dodging lightning bolts. For that matter, the only "celestial" objects you're likely to see tonight will be the underside of thunderclouds. In any event, enjoy!