I'm Dave Thurlow for the Mount Washington Observatory and this is The Weather Notebook. According to an old saying about last months weather, it was supposed to come Ņin like a lion, and out like a lamb." Many weather sayings are applied to the month of March, but this one seems to be true only about 50% of the time -- just like meteorologists... no, that's just a joke, weather forecasts are much better than lions and lambs. But, if you applied this saying by looking at the weather for a couple weeks around the first of March and a couple weeks around the end of March, it would be mostly true.
The end of February is definitely winter and the beginning of April is definitely spring. So if you just look at the first and last day of the month of March, the snapshot may not be revealing the big picture. On any day during this past March, you may have found warm, moist air with the smell of spring, or bitterly cold Arctic air trying to keep its grip, as well as plenty of storminess of all kinds. With the increase in daylight of over one hour however, between the 1st and the 31st, it is not unreasonable to, on the average, see lions around the end of February and lambs during at least part of this week. And that's no April fool. The Weather Notebook is produced by Doug Mayer and engineered by Sean Doucette at West Side Studio, North Conway, NH.
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