Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In Like A Lion...Out Like A Lamb

We have all heard the saying, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." But what exactly does it mean? Well I think of it like this...lions are fierce animals and therefore symbolize bad weather, while lambs are calm animals symbolizing good weather. The perfect example of this weather lore would have March starting out with bad weather, cold temperatures, snow or even thunderstorms and ending with warm temperatures and sunshine.

In Like A Lion...

Is there any truth in the saying? Well...not really! Late winter and early spring is usually a roller coaster ride to be quite honest. We hope that all the cold weather ends abruptly on the first day of spring (March 20th), but Mother Nature doesn't usually work like that! But climatologically speaking, temperatures are going to be warmer the later in March you go.

Out Like A Lamb...

Late March, which is considered early spring, is when we also start dealing with more thunderstorms. The reason is that there is still cold air to the north and warmer air is starting to filter into the south. The two air masses colliding serve as the perfect breeding ground for storms. This is one reason why March doesn't typically end on a quiet note.

Sometimes it just works out that March starts out cold and ends up warm or starts out stormy/snowy and ends up sunny. Bottom line, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for this saying to pan out. Instead I would tune into 13WMAZ for the latest and greatest 7 day forecast!

Meteorologist Sonya Stevens


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