March, Part 2
So about that “in like a lion, out like a lamb” saying. March came in like a mighty lion, roared all month, and is still large and in charge. Our forecast for today, though it may get above freezing, is for a wintry mix of snow and maybe freezing rain. That poor lamb must be out there somewhere, but not here . Maybe when it “followed Mary to school one day” it got lost on the way back.
This March alone, we have set records for most nights at zero and below, days with highs only in single digits and low 20’s. Although we have also had a record number of snowstorms, none have yielded the amounts of snow which fell in Boston, New York, Philadelphia ,and even Atlanta . And this March has more than lived up to its reputation of being windy, sometimes with gale force winds. Continuing in to March, we have had enough days when schools have closed because of snow that districts are scrambling to rearrange their calendars to fit in the required number of school days. It has truly been, to borrow a phrase from Steinbeck (by way of Shakespeare) “The Winter of Our Discontent.”
But as we sit around and complain, we also remind ourselves that here in Hanover we do not have earthquakes (well maybe a tremor now and then), tornadoes (usually, although maybe a micro-burst), mudslides, devastating forest fires, or hurricanes, except in 1938 when one came right up the Connecticut River and through the Upper Valley, with devastating results. Come to think of it we had one two and a half years ago that led to destructive flooding. We do have spring flooding, and there will probably be problems if there is a sudden warming with all the snow still in the mountains. Every once in a while we have a true blizzard, but the occurrence is rare enough to make front page news. Well, scratch that last thought. I think weather has been sensationalized today with dire predictions and grim follow-up, way out of proportion to the actual event. When they decided to name winter storms, I think they gave them too much power.
Along with subscribing to the theory that “every day above ground is a good day,” this month of March I have added, “Any day without snowfall is a good day.” So here’s longing for true spring and hoping that tomorrow’s forecast of 49 degrees and sunny is not an April Fool’s joke.
© Dorothy C. Judd
Next post: Thursday, April 3rd.