By the light of the silvery moon ...
I have formulated a practical theory around the Full Moon, based on my own
observation and experience over a number of years.
Always plan a party or event to
coincide with the date of the Full Moon
Why? you may ask.
Because the weather will be on best behaviour, that's why. Naturally,
good weather can happen at any time, but it is much more likely around the time
of the Full Moon.
In summer the weather is generally more stable, so nice days and nights are
more the norm (but not always!) Even if
it's mid-winter and the weather has been dreary, dismal or downright miserable,
when a Full Moon rises into the night sky, the weather will clear and a bright
calm night will follow. The moon will do
its best to shine through and clear the sky of pesky clouds, and ease the wind. Whilst it is impossible to control cyclones
or hurricanes or once in a blue moon weather troubles, the best of the weather,
summer or winter, will coincide with the Full Moon.
Think about it – you can always see a Full Moon in the sky. It is visible in all its glory, shining
brightly into the darkness below, right across the world - a natural torch,
lighting the way for you, wherever you are.
How often have you marvelled at the sight of a Full Moon in a clear inky
cloudless sky? How often have you
commented about what a fabulous sight it is, what a bright and glorious evening
it is? Quite often, I would imagine,
unless you don’t venture out much at night.
Time and time again, the Full Moon brings with it a perfect evening. Some years ago, since noticing this pattern and
correlation, I began to research my theory in a more formal way. I set up a spreadsheet, noting all the dates
of the Full Moon and at exactly what time it was destined to peak, so to speak
i.e. when it is at its most full. This
may not necessarily be in the dark of night, it might be mid-afternoon, or
early morning. The night that is nearest to the peak is the one that will offer
the best weather – but it likely you’ll get a double dose of two great nights
in a row.
Each month - for 30 months now - I have observed the weather as the Full
Moon comes round, made detailed notes, recorded the results. Only once (May 2013) have I recorded a “NO”
when my theory let me down. There are
three occasions when “OK” is recorded.
But all the rest are a big “YES”, with adjectives like “brilliant”,
“stunning” and “perfect” noted alongside.
And generally a stable weather pattern either side.
Today, as I write this, it is Friday 13th June 2014 – Black
Friday, yes. But also the Full
Moon. Timed to peak at 4.11pm here in
New Zealand. What a glorious day, after a week of atrocious weather! What an amazing sunset! What a spectacular
night! Not a breath of wind, not a cloud in the sky. (See photo below, taken this evening from my deck - with the Sky Tower visible on the skyline). If you have planned a party tonight, you are
fortunate indeed, for the weather is perfect in every way. And it looks set to
continue throughout the weekend, with the Full Moon keeping up its good work.
I have also aimed to track results for overseas and whilst this is rather
random and not at all scientific, it seems that, wherever you are in the world,
the Full Moon will bring the best of the weather to you. It may not be perfect, but it will be the best
of the cycle. If it’s mid-winter and not
very pleasant overall, the night of the Full Moon will hopefully brighten
things up a little for you. If it’s
summer, and you have an outside event to attend, chances are you will have a
night to remember for all the right reasons.
We know that the moon influences the tides, but interestingly, my further delving
indicates that when the Full Moon comes, the high tides seem to occur at similar
times of the day. For Auckland, this is early
morning (6-8am) or early evening (7-9pm), meaning low tide is around early
afternoon. There is a consistent correlation between the Full Moon and the times
of the full and ebb tides.
Bottom line - I make sure that if I am hosting an occasion, I plan it
to coincide with the date of the Full Moon. I’ve been doing this for several
years now, and have never been let down.
My theory is not guaranteed or foolproof but, based on my research over a
number of years, I can say that it is pretty jolly reliable. If I am attending
a function, and it falls on the night of the Full Moon, I look forward to it
greatly, as I can be pretty sure there will be no weather worries.
So, whenever you are planning a party, a wedding, a sports event, a picnic, a
fundraiser, an outdoor event, a getaway, a ski weekend, a camping trip or
similar – trust my theory, check the dates of the Full Moon and try to
coordinate things! You won’t be
disappointed. You will be able to
concentrate your energies on organising a fabulous event, rather than worrying
about what might happen if it rains, or formulating a Plan B.
Try it – plan your next party by the Full Moon calendar! Perfect if it falls
over a weekend!
By the way – a Blue Moon is the rare occasion when two Full Moons fall
within the same month. Hence the saying “Once
in a blue moon” which refers to things that don’t happen very often.
Look out for other posts about Moon facts and theories ...