Will March weather be in like a lamb and out like a lion? It seems to look this way for this winter of 2018.
Because winter is an appropriate time to look at farm and ranch properties, giving time to buy or sell and have operations in place at the start of spring, March is an important month.
March historically, especially in our region has always been considered an unpredictable weather month … in like a lamb and out like a lion, or in like a lion and out like a lamb?
Where did this age-old March weather Phrase come from?
Since March is such a changeable month in which we can see warm, spring-like days, or late season blizzards, you can understand how the saying might hold true in some instances.
The Paris Review Publication stated: “One of the earliest citations is in one Thomas Fuller’s 1732 compendium, Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British. The authors give the wording as ‘Comes in like a Lion, goes out like a Lamb.'”
The Guardian Publication pointed out a possible connection to the astrology of stars. One idea which has recently gained currency is that the saying refers to the stars. At the start of March, the constellation Leo (the Lion) is on the eastern horizon at sunset. By the end of the month, Aries (the Ram) is on the western horizon.
The Farmer’s Almanac, and other march sayings include:
- 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.