It may come as a surprise to many, but it turns out that the full moon each month is given a name.  This Saturday, we can gaze up at the sky and take a gander at the Thunder Moon. 

This comes on the heels on being able to see both Saturn and Mars flanking the last quarter moon last weekend.  If you were able to catch that, it was quite a sight to accompany the Fourth of July fireworks. 

Why give a name to just your run-of-the-mill full moon?  Each name is relative to the time of year.  Bays Mountain Planetarium Director, Adam Thanz, tells us why this month is named after the buck and after thunder. 

"Buck moon is when the buck's antlers start to sprout.  Thunder moon is because of the summertime weather." 

As we all know, pesky thunderstorms tend to pop up almost daily during the summer months.  What you may not know is that this is the time of the year when a deer's antlers start to grow, hence the buck and thunder moon name. 

From a weather perspective, while July has the most lightning strikes nationwide, our viewing area sees the most lightning strikes in the month of June.  And even though July has the most rainfall on average in our area, we tend to see more damaging wind and hail reports in June as well.