After every storm, there’s a rainbow. Well, for us here in the borderland there was no rainbow after that horrible dust storm we had on Wednesday BUT there was a beautiful “Snow Moon” that caught the attention of many El Pasoans that were up bright and early Thursday morning.

El Paso photographer Miguel Vigil was one of those people who woke up bright and early Thursday morning and as the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm,” but in this case, it was the shot.

Vigil was on his way to work when he snapped these amazing photos of the “Snow Moon” right behind Mt. Cristo Rey.

He shared his photos of the “Snow Moon” on his Facebook page with his caption reading, “Lunar Divinity” after the dust settled from yesterday’s windstorm, it made for clear skies this morning, revealing the Snow Moon.”

WHAT IS THE SNOW MOON?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not just to the full Moon itself.”

But there also is a very straightforward explanation as to why it has that name. The Snow Moon got its name due to the typically heavy snowfall that happens every February.

Although El Paso doesn’t see much snow throughout winter it can be said that when we do see snow, the majority of the time it happens during the month of February.

Back in 2021 the “Lover’s Snow Storm” brought snow to the borderland on Valentine’s Day and just this year we received heavy snowfall on February 3rd.

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