Frost forms under harvest moon

A clear night under a brilliant harvest moon lowered the temperature to -1.9°C in Greater Moncton this morning with some scattered frost.

Most sensitive vegetation survived as the thermometer fell below zero for less than six hours.

Many weather stations across New Brunswick had readings near or a few degrees below freezing.

On average, the first fall frost date in Moncton is 02 October with an growing season of 131 days.

However, a record breaking low of -3.2°C on 04 June brought a late frost (about two weeks later than usual) which proved devastating for farmers and gardeners.

So despite enjoying a long and warm summer, the frost-free season lasted 112 days which is about 19 days shorter than usual.

Harvest Moon

The almost Full Harvest Moon over Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2017

Under a mostly cloudy sky, it was difficult to capture the Full Harvest Moon in most of Southeast New Brunswick but I did manage to get a shot last night.

The Harvest Moon derives its name from when farmers used the moon’s bright light to help them gather crops for winter.

The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox which occurred on 22 September.

Harvest moon 2014

Harvest moon over Greater Moncton, 23 Sept 10

Harvest moon over Greater Moncton, 23 Sept 10

The harvest moon – the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox – was actually last night but it is noteworthy since it is the third and final of the so-called supermoons this year.

The clear sky also brought cool conditions across New Brunswick early this morning.

Greater Moncton fell to 3.6 C and although there was a frost scare my tomatoes and strawberries were fine.

Perhaps that wasn’t the case at the Saint John Airport where it fell to 1.0 C.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon in Halifax, NS, 18 Sept 2013 (The Weather Network)

Harvest Moon in Halifax, NS, 18 Sept 2013 (The Weather Network)

The Harvest Moon – the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox – appeared last night.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Harvest Moon got its name because it marked a time when the corn was to be harvested.

At the peak of harvest, before tractor lights, farmers worked by the the light of the moon to gather their crops.