Are full moons to blame for stronger storms?

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Full moons are not responsible for making storms stronger or more intense. But the moon’s gravitational pull does affect ocean tides. The moon has the most impact on Earth when it is closest, and completely full.

The moon does not directly affect weather patterns on Earth, but people along the coast can see how the tides change. Especially high tides that can be significantly higher during a full moon. Sometimes a full moon can even the change some people’s behavior.

Mitch Ankiewicz, from East Longmeadow, told 22News his experience with full moons, “Little bit of gravity pull on the moon so if it changes the tides it changes the water level in your brain.”

This past weekend the northeast coast encountered major flooding. This was related to the “Blizzard of 2016” but also because there was a full moon. Many factors affect weather patterns. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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