Monday, March 25, 2013

Lion of a March

March… in like a lion and out like a lamb, right? I'm sure we've all heard this expression to describe the sometimes turbulent weather in March. March in St. Louis has been rather lion-ish this year, which is in stark contrast to the lamb of a March we had last year when we set SIX new record high temps… not to mention the 10 days that were either at or above the 80°! (We definitely haven't even gotten close to competing with the temperatures we had last March!)
Although this painting symbolizes peace, I chose it to illustrate this blog post because it reminds me of my childhood. (We had a framed print of this painting hanging in our family room when I was a kid. My mom has since taken it down since it got quite faded after years of getting direct sunlight in the afternoons.)
I thought this comic was apropos for our Midwest weather that we have here in St. Louis! :)
March has been downright cold this year! We've had lots of cold days and lots of snow showers. A couple weeks ago it snowed all day, several days in a row [but the temperatures  were above freezing so there wasn't any accumulation).

We had a big snowstorm yesterday and set a new record for the most snow to accumulate   in a 24-hour period in the month of March in St. Louis (an impressive 12.4 inches). The all-time record for the most accumulating snow in a 24-hour period is 12.8 inches (set back in February 1906), so we were very close to breaking that record, but just missed it by less than a half inch.

St. Louis' official tallies for temperature and precipitation are always recorded at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. Even though the snowfall recorded at Lambert yesterday was 12.4 inches, we didn't get quite as much down where I live. The darn temperature was above freezing, so a lot of what fell melted pretty quickly (but I estimate that we still got eight or nine inches).

At the risk of sounding like a heathen, I have to admit that I was ecstatic that church was canceled yesterday. (Can I get an "amen?!") That's probably sacrilegious, but there's just something to be said for an impromptu snow  day! It was just was so peaceful to watch the snow fall from the comfort of my home and to not have to go out in it.

Here are a few pictures of the snow as it was falling (the  camera doesn't capture the size of the flakes which at this point were coming down like big, fluffy cotton balls): 
Pictures from this morning: (first looking out my bedroom window and then looking out the back door).
I don't care how old I get; I'm always going to love snow days! :)


Elaine said...

You are getting an enthusiastic Amen from me:-). LOVED my day of rest yesterday. So now we are both heathens? :-).

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