Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1: Lion or Lamb?

    March 1 is a fun date that I like to notice. The "in like a lamb out like a lion" or the opposite "in like a lion out like a lamb" is important when you get to this part of the winter. Everybody would like to see winter end.  My felt boots have holes in them and my fleece lined underwear are the same. If winter lasts much longer I'll be cold!

    Now for a skeptic like me, there are a few questions about conditions on March 1. What are the rules and regulations about the weather to define lion or lamb? So last night at one minute after midnight it was minus 15 C (5 F  ) calm and dark. At 6 AM it was minus 16C (4 F) , calm and the beginning of the dawn.  At noon it was minus 2 C ( 29 F) very windy and clear  At 6 PM it was minus 2 C(29F) 16 kph (10 mph) and clear. So some of this was lion and some was lamb. What am I to do? Toss a coin and pick one? 

     Whatever happens it's always pleasant to reach March 1. We know that we can get cold weather but it won't stay long. We will be getting much more mild weather. 

     The sun rose this morning at 7:22 AM and set at 6:12 PM for 10 hours and 50 minutes of sunshine.

     It was a good day to get out and walk, snowshoe or ski.

Starting a pleasant walk

Great blue skies

Coming back from the walk

My best shot of a chickadee today.

45 comments:

  1. It seemed to be a lamb here- when I woke up, blue skies. Though snow started to fall in mid afternoon. I have no idea what it'll be like when I go!

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    1. So a variety makes it difficult to choose what you have.

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  2. Funny how once we're past January, we need to predict how the rest of the season will fare out. Groundhog Day. The lamb/lion of March. April showers/May flowers. Who follows up on these? ;)

    Lovely pics, Red. The best you can do in any season is enjoy the day and you certainly do that.

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    1. I usually don't worry about weather. It isn't going to change anything.

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  3. Well today came in messy with freezing rain this morning then it rained all day.

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    1. You obviously had march come in like a lion.

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  4. Just old sayings that keep us elderly people entertained. Seems like you were Lamb like as so were we...not sub zero or windy or stormy:)

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    1. I think those of us who spend a good portion of our time outdoors are familiar with these saying. If you live indoors all the time, weather isn't important.

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  5. I do hope March leaves like a warm lamb.

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    1. We could be in for a big surprise.

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  6. Some wonderful photographs which have made me feel a little less depressed at the sight of falling snow which greeted me when I pulled back the curtains this morning. Lion or lamb - at least we are in, and that is always a bonus.

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    1. Well it's all relative isn't it! I'm glad I could make you feel better.

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  7. Our winter hasn't even started yet this year and it will not I suppose. We have very windy weather at the moment, but with sunshine and temperatures of 6 C. Spring is on the way, but it is still chilly in the morning.

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    1. Some winter you'll get your share of wintry weather.

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  8. I had to laugh at your duct-taped bird feeder. Squirrel damage? Yes, spring is on its way. They claim we will have shirt weather this week down here, but I am not holding my breath as the river is frozen over.

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    1. This isn't my feeder so I don't know what happened. I would think the squirrel could chew through the duct tape in a heart beat.

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  9. Don't forget The Saint Patrick's Storm, eh and the groundhog is not always right. Nice shots.

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    1. Now I have never heard of the Saint Patrick's storm. It must be a maritime thing.

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  10. Thanks Red. I'd forgotten about the whole March lion and lamb saying. With the absolutely awful February we've had here on the East Coast, though, I can't imagine March's roar could be any worse than what February put us through.

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    1. The east has really got more than their share of winter this year.

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  11. Well, March has arrived like a lion here, so I'm hoping it exists like a lamb. Last year it remained a lion the entire month, and I don't want to see that again!

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    1. March can have some very nasty weather. There can be great variations.

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  12. When it gets that warm it seems mild. I call it a lamb so will brace at the end of the month for a big one. we had about the same temps.

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    1. I think we all make our own definitions and run with them.

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  13. I usually spend some time every day outside, but yesterday I lounged around inside. Our day was lamb-like but coldish. I always enjoy your ruminations, Red. :-)

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    1. Hey, you're getting soft if you stayed in the house. I admire your stamina as you get out in some pretty nasty weather.

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  14. sunshine makes all the difference! still waiting for it to come back here after a week of snow, sleet, more snow and rain. :)

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    1. You haven't whined about your nasty weather! It's surprising to hear you get some wintry weather.

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  15. Oh your pictures look so promising. Keep them coming.
    Gives one hope . We may get those days we should have stay and the winds will wash away the snow.


    Looks pretty the last picture of the chick-a Dee from the window.

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    1. The chickadee photo is from the outside. I didn't notice the reflections until your comment.

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  16. My Gram, who knew about these things, would say if nothing was falling out of the sky, like rain or snow, it was lamb weather. It it was just windy, it was tough to call, but if it was blowing so hard you had to lean into it, it was lion time.

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    1. Now that's a cool definition for lamb or lion.

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  17. I'd love to take one of these walks with you, even in March.

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    1. It's very pleaasnt and there's lots of action in the bush.

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  18. Yesterday and today were lambish but tonight and tomorrow the lion will roar with a snowstorm blowing into Minnesota. Where in Canada do you live?

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    1. I live in Alberta between Calgary and Edmonton. Usually I send the weather to Minnesota. So from now on I'll tell you what's coming.

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  19. I guess you can apply the lamb or lion theory to summer as well. If so, today is lamb weather. Warm but not hot. No wind. No rain.

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    1. Now you've really got me thinking. In the northern hemisphere we tend to forget about the people in the south. We just think everybody is like us.

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  20. In like a lamb. Maybe because lambs are lambing. I'd say calving, but I know lambs don't calve!
    Cheri

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    1. Lambing ...calving? It's all a tough time for you.

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  21. I'm glad you got out for a walk! It's still pretty chilly here.

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  22. The !st March here was glorious in the morning and terrible in the afternoon so I can expect the end of the month to be pretty much the same as the start.

    'Whatever happens it's always pleasant to reach March 1.' Whatever happens I think it's always pleasant to wake up in the morning - I don't care what date it is!

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  23. Hi Red, Liked all the pictures but gotta ask ... What happened to the feeder? Looks like another creative use of duct tape! :-) Have a good day. John

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  24. Just seeing that beautiful blue sky for a few days would make me happy. We have had gray skies and rain or snow for days now! Spring will be here soon though! :)

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  25. I took your intructions on how to know if it's a lamb or a lion seriously until I read bout tossing a coin. Agh!

    It's thawing in Russia (at least on our part). I needn't an alarm to wake up every morning. My body wakes up with the sun. It is hopefully going to be a lovely March.

    Those pictures are wonderful. Blue sky is enough for a cold winter day to be better.

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