Friday, March 1, 2013

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb

So today's weather forecast is a 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

I can't decide if that is a lion or a lamb.  Here in Texas I would consider sunny high of 75 a perfect lamb whereas a high of 40 and thunderstorms a perfect lion.

Where did this saying come from anyway?  I love Google.  Instant information.

This article first appeared on the Farmers Almanac Website March 2010 by Sandi Duncan

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?”
Is there any truth to this saying??? Weather sayings are as colorful as our imagination. While many sayings are based on careful observations and turn out to be accurate, others are merely rhymes or beliefs of the people who came before us.
Those people often believed that bad spirits could affect the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or did not do in certain situations. Those beliefs often included ideas that there should be a balance in weather and life. So, if a month came in bad (like a lion), it should go out good and calm (like a lamb).
With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snowstorms, you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances. We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy it will end warm and sunny, but the key word is hope. However, this saying seems be to more of a rhyme rather than a true weather predictor.
Some other March related lore includes:
A dry March and a wet May?Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
As it rains in March so it rains in June.
March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.
What will the weather be like in March?

I also love the Farmer's Almanac.  Nowadays you can read their advice and wisdom online and like them on Facebook.  Oh how Granddaddy would have loved today's new information highway.

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