The Old Farmer’s Almanac: THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2018: HOLIDAYS, FUN FACTS, FOLKLORE

 

THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2018: HOLIDAYS, FUN FACTS, FOLKLORE

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOVEMBER
Catherine Boeckmann
What happens in November 2018? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food, when the best of cooks can shine and the best of eaters will surely get their fill. Here’s what November brings—from weather forecasts to folklore!

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither …

–Robert Frost (1874-1963)

CALENDAR

November, the 11th month of the year, has 30 days and marks the beginning of the winter holiday season for most folks, even if the winter solstice doesn’t occur until late December.

We’ve made this month, named for the old ninth (novem) month in the Roman calendar, into a social time of community suppers, feasts of thanksgiving, and general elections.

NOVEMBER WEATHER

According to weather folklore, a heavy November snow will last until April, but for most regions, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a warmer-than-average month.

]This winter is looking to have above-normal temperatures, on average, and November is no exception. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts northern Alaska will see the highest temperature change, with an average temperature of 10°F; that’s 8 degrees above normal. Many regions, including the Atlantic Corridor, Southeast, High Plains, Deep South, Lower Lakes, Heartland, Ohio Valley, Texas–Oklahoma, and Upper Midwest, are predicted to see a 4° to 6°F increase in temperature. Only the Desert Southwest, Pacific Southwest, southern Alaska, and eastern parts of Hawaii are predicted to see lower-than-average temperatures, by a range of 1 to 2 degrees.

NOVEMBER MOON

November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans. The Native Americans used the monthly Moons and nature’s signs as a sort of calendar to track the seasons. Why this name? Back then, this was the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. The November full Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon by other Native Americans.

In 2018, November’s full Moon occurs on the Friday the 23rd, at 12:39 A.M. ET.

GARDENING

Use small stakes or markers where you’ve planted bulbs or late-starting plants in the perennial garden to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation.

Check trees around your house for weak branches that should be removed by you now, rather than by snow and ice later.

Did You Know: Autumn is the best time to prepare your yard properly for a healthy spring growth. It’s much easier to handle these tasks now!

NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE

November’s traditional birthstone is the topaz, usually a yellow to amber color. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honor and strength, topaz was also believed to bring longevity and wisdom.

BIRTH FLOWERS

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Generally, chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness. A red one conveys “I love you.” White symbolizes truth or pure love. A yellow one indicates slighted love.

EVERYDAY ADVICE

The holiday season is now upon us!

It’s also the start of cold and flu season.

Stay warm with a cozy fire.

BEST DAYS FOR NOVEMBER

Based on the Moon’s sign and phases in November, the best time to harvest is on the 11th and 12th for aboveground crops and on the 2nd, 3rd, 29th, and 30th for those below ground.

Additionally, it’s helpful to know that during a waxing Moon, pruning encourages growth; during a waning Moon, it discourages growth.

How about dates to start dieting or quit smoking or cut hair?

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Get ready! In 2018, Mercury will be retrograde during November 17–December 6.

NOVEMBER ZODIAC

November’s Zodiac Signs are:

  • Scorpio: October 23 to November 22
  • Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21

 

NOVEMBER FOLKLORE

  • If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck, There’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck.
  • November take flail; let ships no more sail.
  • If trees show buds in November, the winter will last until May.
  • There is no better month in the year to cut wood than November.
  • Ice in November brings mud in December.
  • A heavy November snow will last until April.

SOURCE:

The Old Farmer’s Almanac
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