December 2 is the first day of the Moon of Cold for 2013. Moon-dogs and halos are common around the moon at this time, caused by tiny ice particles in the air. Halos are said to foretell extreme cold. Moon-dogs are said to foretell the birth of prophets and jazz musicians.
If your first view of the new moon is surrounded by clouds, superstition holds that someone in your family will become ill. While we have been unable to conduct a double-blind study for this in the Hidden Alamanac Test Garden, we suggest not looking up until the weather clears up, just in case.