There is a full moon set to appear this Thursday, June 24, according to NASA's Sky Events Calendar. But it's no ordinary full moon – it's a strawberry moon.
While the full moon will reach peak illumination at 2:40 p.m., Almanac.com said that it won't be visible until the moon rises in Cincinnati at 7:04 p.m. in the southeast.
No, the moon won't turn red or pink, as the Strawberry Moon nickname may suggest. But it will mark the time of year when berries, like strawberries, are ripest for the picking in the northeastern U.S.
The Old Farmer's Almanac label goes back to the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota tribes, who tracked time using the lunar calendar. Other names for June's full moon include Blooming Moon, Green Corn Moon, Birth Moon, Hatching Moon and Honey Moon, which all share a theme of new, growing life, from blooming flowers to the beginnings of marriages.
Weather lore says that if there is no rain in the three-day transition between the waxing and waning of the moon, the remainder of the month will see "beautiful, June weather." With a probability of showers and storms passing through the city Friday and Saturday, Cincinnati may be out of luck.