The many weathers of March

March 1  marks the start of Meteorological Spring, but this doesn't mean that there won't be more wintery snow and cold. In Chicago we are currently enjoying pleasant weather, but in the Northeast, a major storm is raging. In the UK, they are also dealing with snowstorms. Even Rome is a winter wonderland.

There is an old saying--March is many weathers. Here are some of the totals from the storm in the East--

March weather can be wild  with wind and snow, and mild with blue sky and warm breezes.  There are hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions of a Nor'easter, and the first of the snowdrops coming up from the thawing ground.

In a changing climate, these extremes are even more pronounced. February temperatures have been above average worldwide. Temperatures near the North Pole are above freezing, higher than in the UK.

Yet, we know that spring is coming. There is more daylight every day. Robins have arrived. There are flocks of geese heading north.

The full moon on March 1-2 is known as the worm moon, the rising sap moon, the spring moon. The vernal equinox, and the beginning of astronomical spring, will arrive on March 20.


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  • March is named for the Roman war god
    Which confuses me sure as I am.
    It might sound bellicose but it's odd
    In its course the lion lies with the lamb.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Beautifully said, AW! It is the battle of the seasons--but courage and love always win...

  • On the weather front,I can't figure out how the predicted storm of last Thursday of "from one model showing 0.2 inches to another showing 4" turned out on Thursday noon as "it's too warm to snow or do anything else here" and then bombed in the East Coast.

    We'll have to see what happens this afternoon.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack! There's some rain and wet snow here, not too much. How about you?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    About a half inch of something that sounded like sleet but turned the grass white. Certainly not the kind of apocalypse justifying sending out several reporters in Storm Chaser cars to show that I-88 and I-90 were wet, but traffic was moving.

  • In reply to jack:

    Maybe they're jealous of the big storms in the East--there's another Nor'easter on the way. The waves from the last one reached as far as Puerto Rico!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    That raises a good question about TV meterologists' motivations. John Hambleton used to be on Channel 5 here, and then showed up on Channel 10 in Rochester N.Y. He left for New Orleans for a year, and then came back to Rochester, saying that the weather in NO was too boring. That was 15 years before Hurricane Katrina.

  • In reply to jack:

    Too bad he missed out on Katrina!
    Tom Skilling has often said that he wanted to work in Chicago because the weather is so interesting here.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    But Ginger Zee left Channel 5 because she wanted to chase tornadoes. Only later she said that she was depressed in Chicago (checked herself in before joining ABC).

    I think the only common thread (including Cheryl Scott*) is that few want to stay at Channel 5.

    *I knew that the photos at the new Portillo's in Deerfield were not original in that one was signed by "Cheryl Scott NBC5".

  • Thank you for an interesting post. Since this March came in like a sea lion, being so damp, I'm on the alert for anything about sea lambs! No luck yet, though.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading! There is a type of sea slug also known as a sea sheep...Here is an article about it---

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Aha! Thank you! I suppose the baby sea slugs would therefore be the sea lambs. Yay!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Yes, they are very cute!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    They are! Many thanks for the introduction!

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