Date: March 1st, 2012
As I woke up to another 4 inches of snow this morning, and looked at the snow-filled forecast for the next couple days, the old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” came to mind. Of course, in typically Steph style, I had to google that saying to find out a little more about it. I thought this article from the Farmer’s Almanac was kind of fun. Read on if you have a quirky sense of intellectual curiosity, like me.
“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.
So, the question at Vista Verde remains, how will March leave? In this month, we have honeymooners, a wedding, a business retreat, a bunch of spring break families and to close us down, the horsemanship retreat. After all that, will it still be snowing, or will we have little lambs leaping around in the sunshine?