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Beaver moon shines in cloudless Sacramento skies

With no rain clouds to obscure the night sky, the most prominent feature has been what American Indians call the full beaver moon.

Glowing on the horizon this morning, the November full moon is also known as the frost moon. American Indians kept track of the seasons by giving names to the different moons, according to Amy Nieskens of the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the creeks and ponds froze, according to the Almanac. Here’s what Nieskens had to say about why the November full moon got its name:

“This is the time of year that beavers are actively preparing for winter. It is also the time to set traps ... to ensure a supply of warm winter fur.”

No rain is in sight for interior Northern California through Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to be above normal thanks to a high pressure system.

Afternoon high temperatures should be in the 60s this time of year. However, the National Weather Service predicts that maximum daytime temperatures will remain in the 70s through Wednesday.

The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Light south wind.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 52. North-northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Veterans Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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