Monday, March 06, 2017
"March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." The origin of this saying depends on where you research. Is it an old Welsh saying (but applied to April instead), or perhaps something that came from historic Pennsylvanian settlers? In early spring Leo is the rising star in the skies and that may account for the lion image. March is also the month of the Mars god...or the war god. In another reference someone traced the saying back to 1694 in a English writing by John Fletcher.
Where I live, both March and April are sometimes violent and unpredictable and sometimes calm and sweet, and not necessarily in a linear fashion. This month we have had two tornado warnings, which is a somewhat rare occurrence. And weather has gone from being 80F in an afternoon and down to the low 40sF the very next afternoon. It is hard to get one's wardrobe together when heading out.
(It will also be harder in the future as NESDIS is facing a large budget cut and they are the ones that maintain the weather satellites...what a waste of money.)