Across large parts of South Africa August heralds the arrival of strong north-westerly winds that raise clouds of dust from the bone dry earth. The dust is hurled high into the sky and it rolls across the countryside like a red fog. The Sun is often dimmed and dust coats everything, driven by the relentless wind.
Several of the names given to this time of the year by indigenous groups testify to the unpleasantness of the wind and dust.
The August Dusty Moon only occurs twice during the period 2020 – 2050.
The first Full Moon in August is the Peace Moon.
Dates of Dusty Moon
2023 Aug 31, 03:36
2042 Aug 31, 04:00
Heritage Full Moons in South Africa
|Month||First Full Moon||Second Full Moon|
|January||Mantis Moon||Leopard Moon|
|March||Harvest Moon||Ochre Moon|
|April||Diamond Moon||Gold Moon|
|May||Frost Moon||Fire Moon|
|June||Sisters Moon||Honey Moon|
|July||Meerkat Moon||Protea Moon|
|August||Peace Moon||Dusty Moon|
|September||Spring Moon||Blue Crane Moon|
|October||Whale Moon||Elephant Moon|
|November||Milk Moon||Wool Moon|
|December||Springbok Moon||Eland Moon|