Friday, February 27, 2009
March Will Be In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb
The origin of this weather proverb, " in like a lion out like a lamb" was first written about in England in 1624. Almost 400 years later it is still one of the most famous weather proverbs not only in England but the United States. The month of March is a notorious transition month with plenty of ups and downs and since this weekend our weather team is forecasting a chance of snow with temperatures a good 10 to 15 degrees below average along with wind chills dipping into the single digits. In other words March is coming in like a lion.
Winter's roar is certainly being heard loud and clear. By later in the month as our days grow longer and Spring air masses become more prevalent our chances of nice tranquil weather or March going out like a lamb increase. So for now I am going to say we are going in like a lion and out like a lamb. But of course here in Indiana there are no guarantees and we all know that the lion can roar all the way up until Mother's Day sometimes. Will this year be different? I do think we will see some more accumulating snow in March with plenty of ups and downs. The good news is that our average highs reach near 60 degrees by the end of the month so the weather does become much easier to take. In fact I was amazed that this weather proverb has worked very well 8 of the past 10 years. So we will keep that glass half full and say it will work out in our favor this year, even if that glass is half frozen this weekend. :)
This is the picture of the snake Suzi and I saw along the Wea creek.
It is very unusual to see a snake in February, since they like warmer temperatures. Thought Mike would find this interesting. Maybe we are going to have a early spring.
Thanks Lynn. I know these snakes usually do not come out until late March when we start averaging about one thunderstorm per week. The old Hoosier saying is that the thunder shakes them out of hibernation. Well I think our back to back days with highs near 60 did the trick this week. But in only 12 hours we went from a few rumbles of thunder to a light covering of snow for our weather watcher Mary Beth in Kentland. I think this snake is sorry he or she came out early this year. The lion is coming! Winter is roaring back into our forecast. Also, I do not think we will have any moth reports for awhile with winter taking hold once again. But that is okay I found a great way to stay warm and did enjoy some great company on my Friday!
I want to send a special shout out to the Creative Corral Pre-Schoolers at McCutcheon. Those kids and teachers are incredible and I enjoyed every bit of my visit and field trip with them. I had a blast going to the bowling alley with the kids and even had a nice lunch and then plenty of play time. My fun did not end there. I went by and saw the Future Farmers of America exhibits at McCutcheon High. I learned a whole lot and did not realize how important donkeys can be on the farm and yes that pot-bellied pig was huge! You see Lauren enjoying the miniature pony below. The McCutcheon students were great tour guides and they are even awesome chefs for their teachers from what I hear!
As you can tell I had a great time with my daughter Lauren, her class, and all the great folks at McCutcheon. By time our day was done and I had to get ready for work Lauren told me that it was the best day ever. This makes a Dad feel absolutely terrific and I look forward to spending more days like this with Lauren and my whole family. The best part of my job is not in front of the camera it is actually getting out in the community and seeing all the wonderful people that make it a truly special place to live. Have a great weekend.