The snow moon is the first full moon in the month of February. The Snow Moon happens when the snow is deepest. Because it was also the most difficult time of year for gathering food, it was also known as the Hunger Moon.
The farmer's almanac included nicknames for the full moon depending on what month they occured. Most of these nicknames were based on the names North American aboriginal people used. Although many tribes gave nicknames to the full moon, the most well known come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior.