March comes in like a lamb. Will it go out like a lion?

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – March 1st came and went without much in the way of weather fanfare. You could say it came in like a lamb. As the old saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But how much truth is there to this, and where did the saying come from anyhow?

There are several theories about how the saying got its start. One points to the stars while another says it’s simply a reflection of the up and down weather that comes with the return of spring.

In early March, the constellation Leo, the lion, is rising but by early April, its Aries the ram, or lamb, that rises in the night sky. This explains one of those theories on how the proverb may have gotten its start. But in many parts of the country, there are wild weather swings in March. Bitter cold and blinding snow can quickly be replaced by a sunny spring thaw. So with a quiet start to March this year, should we expect it to end on a stormy or snowy note? The truth is, the saying doesn’t hold much weight as a weather prediction. Many who have gone outside in recent days to cure their case of spring fever are hoping for fair weather.

Andrew Robinson of Greenville was out enjoying the weather at a local park and had just one more request of Mother Nature.

“I hope it gets sunny… that’s about all I got,” says Robinson.

Even on a calm day, there’s always a critic. Here’s to hoping March roars out with some sunshine.

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