March – In Like A Lion…


This is the view of our deck while enjoying my daily cup of “Pick Me Up” this morning. Snow fall in March and April is nothing new or unexpected in Wisconsin, but for this transplant, spring snow is not welcome.

As the saying goes; “March: In like a lion and out like a lamb.”

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.” But where does it come from?

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the weather folklore stems from ancestral beliefs in balance, meaning if the weather at the start of March was bad (roaring, like a roaring lion), the month should end with good weather (gentle, like a lamb).

In Wisconsin? Not so fast my friend. The Farmers Almanac and historical data says that the temperatures in our zip code for March should be in the lower 40s on March 1 and the mid 60s on March 31.

This year? March came in like a lamb with high temperatures in the 50s on the first weekend of March. March became a lion in mid March with lows in the single digits during the the second weekend. We awoke to a bone chilling 1 degree on Saturday March the 12th.

Today? Out like a lion. High temp 30 degrees and 3 inches of wet snow.

R Dub has lived in the Mid-west all of his life. Large snowfalls in March and April are not uncommon. However, adjusting to Wisconsin’s non-spring has been difficult. In Nebraska we got occasional snow in March, sometimes large snow falls in the 12″ range. But spring weather was well established in April.

In Wisconsin; spring months tend to be more like winter light until summer suddenly arrives in June. Our coat rack currently has three different levels of warmth represented in the coats hanging from it. All of them have been used the last 31 days. Today? My hooded Carhart winter jacket.

One great thing about living in Wisconsin. Despite the weather, good, bad or somewhere between; the hearty people of this state stay active. Many prefer the winter weather over the warmer weather and do not shy away from the great outdoors ever.

To quote the great Jimmy Buffett; “The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.” Regardless of what mother nature is doing, we have little control over her. So be beautiful no matter what she throws at us.

R Dub out!

A light dusting that will eventually be a wet 3″ this morning.
Driving over fresh snow on the drive is normally not my forte, but this will be gone before we get home after work today.
A fresh layer of slushy snow didn’t slow traffic down too much. This is county road E in Horicon Wisconsin between the two John Deere factories at around 7:30 am. The speed limit is 35 and R Dub is cruising in at 30 mph!

Published by R Dub's Rub

Conversational BLOG writer and contributing writer for LocaLeben magazine. My BLOG entries represent observations that intrigue, amuse, inspire or stimulate my appetite.

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