The all familiar phrase is heard around many towns at the start of March is "March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb." There is truth and history to this phrase that is often used by meteorologists to introduce the month that is often characterized by wild weather. Winter's persistent cold and snow is dwindling, but the warm and sunshine with full-fledged spring like temperatures are not quite in sync just yet.
Meanwhile, the majority of the country will have daytime high temperatures rise at least 10 degrees from the start of the month to the end. Much variation is still possible though during the month of March, from late season snowstorms to beautiful, warm weather.
As it turns out, the origins of this phrase relate more to astrology rather than meteorology. The lions and lambs of March come from the constellations, Leo the Lion and Aries the ram or lamb. Leo is more prominent in the night sky toward the start of March, while Aries is at the tail end of the month.
When it comes to March predictions, though you're better off sticking to AccuWeather.com for the latest forecast.
Cyclonic Storm Kyant will unleash heavy rain and strong winds on areas from western Myanmar to northeastern India and Bangladesh this week.
Beneficial rain will douse California late this week, with the potential for some rain to reach southern portions of the state.
A storm will slide in from the Midwest to bring another dose of cold rain and wet snow to parts of the northeastern United States from Wednesday night into Friday.
Floods are underrated weather hazards that cause widespread destruction, but people can minimize risks by following certain safety measures and investing in flood insurance.
Flooding downpours and thunderstorms will continue to target a part of the central United States into Wednesday night.
The severe drought in the northeastern U.S. has left most of the region reeling for months as farmers have been forced to work with arid land.
Air pollution alert in Northeastern cities.
Richmond, VA (1982)
A total of 0.71 inches of rain (25-26th). Normal for all of October is 0.42 inches.
Mid-Atlantic States (1990)
Powerful coastal storm. A total of 18 inches of snow at Mt. Mitchell, NC. Severe tidal flooding on the Virginia coast. 92-mph wind gusts at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.