Monday, March 06, 2017

Roaring In.


"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.)

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11 comments:

Studio Maywyn said...

Thoughtful post
Budget cuts for NOAA are not a good sign. I don't know what I'd do without the excellent information they provide about Earth.

Marie Smith said...

Interesting post about that March and the lamb/lion reference. I had never thought to research it.

We are having extreme temperature shifts as well. We'd better get used to it!

Granny Annie said...

It is hitting us this evening. Severe thunderstorms with tornado watches and warnings. Typical for Oklahoma but not usually until April. We have not had Winter yet but that could still happen:-(

Celia said...

Snow all around us but not here. Peculiar seems to be the theme. The Pacific Northwest coast has mad weather in March and April (ergo so many shipwrecks)but it seems to be everywhere now.

messymimi said...

What really bothers me is that i think the most pressing need is taking care of this beautiful planet so we will have a planet, and without the information from these satellites, we won't know what's going on in order to try to fix it.

Red said...

I like weather satellites and radar that shows weather. It makes sense. the only thing that doesn't make sense is the weather.

The Furry Gnome said...

That is a remarkable satelite view of global weather patterns!

thelma said...

Our storms have passed for the time being, but that is a remarkable satellite photo. If you get up early in England, you can listen to the shipping forecast as it goes round our coast, one of the most soothing radio forecasts.

ellen abbott said...

it can be very windy out where I live surrounded as I am by empty fields. it can be quite maddening. I joke that now I understand why so many women committed suicide out on the great plains. as for 45 it is unbelievable what he is wanting to cut to save a paltry amount. as if cutting the EPA and things like the weather satellites is going to make some kind of financial difference. he and his minions and freaking congress are bringing this country down from the inside.

Mage said...

yes, i keep waiting for the col grey days,and they don't come.

Snaggle Tooth said...

OK I can comment here but not on the other blog. Yep I should design a calendar pic for this month. So far we are see-sawing frozen to balmy 50,now back to snow! Hope the storms miss you n your trees!