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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 31 2014

Weather Talk: Weather more complicated than old ‘lion, lamb’ saying

The expression “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb” probably seems like a dumb cliché today. If anything, the expression was never meant for weather here on the northern Plains.

But really, anywhere around the world (except in the tropics), weather is inherently unpredictable. Across the mid-latitudes, from North America to Europe, March is a month of transition. Sunlight greatly increases during the month, and so there is a general warming trend along with a certain volatility caused by the increase in energy.

But the “in like a lamb, out like a lion” expression is probably related to a very old belief that the weather is in some sort of balance; that stormy weather will be followed by calmer weather, and the two will balance each other out.

Science and more careful observation have shown weather to be more complicated than that. It is possible that we may have more lions to battle in April.

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