March in Maine: Entering Like A Lion or A Lamb?
In like a lion, out like a lamb.
A proverb used to describe the weather in March in the northern hemisphere, where it tends to be very harsh and unpleasant in the beginning but milder and more palatable at the end. A shortening of the full phrase,
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
Does the expression work in reverse? Who do we check that with?
Because it looks like we are going into March like a lamb. Some snow is in the forecast for Tuesday, but it'll be mild for March 1st. So if it is seasonable, that is hard to describe as coming in like a lion.
How about this for March 1st?
That’s more like it. Cute lamb too.
The long-term forecast does call for more winter-like weather for a couple of weeks after Spring begins, which it does on March 20th. Meaning we could well be going from the end of March into April Fool’s Day like a lion. And I’m not lying.
Isn't it more important to go out of March like a lamb, since by then most have had enough of winter and are happily anticipating the arrival of spring weather.
Accu Weather predicted a late arrival of spring weather.
Nothing we can do about in like a lion or a lamb. You know what they say about not liking the weather, just wait a few hours and it'll change.
Maybe we can work on another idiom.
Like this one.
Teach a man to fish.
A proverb teaching someone how to do something is more helpful to them in the long run than just doing it for them. The full proverb is
give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
That’s some good advice.