Out Like A Lion

The old saw is that if March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb; in like a lamb, out like a lion.

Hah! This year’s a fooler. March came in like a lion and is leaving like a lion.
March 31 snow

I awoke this morning to about an inch of snow on everything. In the dark, when I’m walking, it’s a study in black & white. Aesthetically quite beautiful – every little branch, weed, and rock is covered in snow. It’s relatively warm, so the snow is wet & heavy, but not so heavy that I’m worried about it doing lots of tree damage. And it’s warm enough that my walk is reasonably pleasant.

Still, it is March 31. Although I don’t have any photographic evidence that March 1 was lion-like in its weather, I’m sure it was. I’ve lived here in western New York all my life, and I know it’s not unusual for us to have snowfall, and even snow storms in March, and April. (In fact, my mother documented flakes falling one frigid Memorial Day weekend about 40 years ago, but that’s another story.) What IS unusual is the continued cold temperatures so the snow never leaves.

The good news is that I think this is a good year for maple syrup producers. The snow and really cold temperatures we had last week would put a stop on bud production (budding maples signal the end of syruping), and the brilliant sunshine warmed things up just enough to make the sap run, providing what I think would have been like a second “first run.” (First run syrup is always the lightest in color, the most subtle in flavor, and brings the highest price.)

I also think that the majority of my garden plants will be just fine. They’re much more likely to come through a loooooooong stretch of freezing temps if they’re consistently protected by a thick blanket of snow. It’s much more difficult for them when they freeze & thaw, freeze & thaw.

more March snow
So I’m simply going to enjoy the Currier & Ives look this morning, and not lament another snowfall.

Your turn: what’s positive about the weather where you are?

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