In like a lion, out like a lamb for March-- does it hold true?
Even if you can't remember where you heard it first, you've probably heard it nonetheless...
If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.
Well, this lion doesn't seem too impressed with today's snow.
But as it turns out, the biggest lion of a snowstorm on record in Green Bay moved in on March first.
130 years ago in 1888, a single snowstorm dumped 29 inches of snow on the city.
24 of those inches fell on the first, with another 5 falling on the second.
But did that most extreme example see that March go out like a lamb?
It did, in fact.
March 31st, 1888, was a cool but dry day.
If you look back on March firsts on record in Green Bay, only 19 of them since records began about 130 years ago have seen appreciable rain or snow, which I'm defining at least a tenth of an inch of rain or at least an inch of snow.
Of those 19 years, though, only 10 saw a dry March 31st to close out the month.
If we're judging the accuracy of the expression, it's not much better than a coin flip around here.
So what might feed into that notion?
Well, March can be a month of extremes.
In addition to having the largest snowstorm on record here, it's a month that also seen a handful of tornadoes over the years.
March has the largest difference of any month between its record high of 82 and record low of -29, a whopping 111 degrees.
And there's likely a mental perception element to it.
It's a month that starts out in astronomical winter, but ends in astromonical spring.
While March may not always go out like a lamb when it comes in like a lion, it's safe to say it is a month of transition.
Perhaps more so than any other month during the year.