Sunday, July 9, during the early morning hours, you'll be treated to a “Full Buck Moon” or a “Full Thunder Moon.” Then again, you might not.

What exactly is a “Full Buck Moon” and are we going to get to see it?

After weeks of clear skies and scorching temperatures, Western Colorado will finally see some cloud cover this Saturday night into Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts only "partly" cloudy skies, so with any luck, you'll enjoy an opportunity to see the moon.

According to, 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 might see this Saturday night.

Step outside late Saturday night or early Sunday morning to see the “Full-Buck-Thunder-Hay Moon.” Those in Western Colorado may find their view slightly obstructed. In any event, enjoy!

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