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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Out Like a Lion?

Out Like a Lion?

True to the saying that March comes in like a lion, this month did just that, with killer tornadoes ripping through the Southeast and Midwest and snow in parts of the Northeast.

The, things took an unmarked detour, with the start of spring bringing record-breaking high temperatures to much of the U.S. and Canada. It’s hard to believe that, just a week ago, people from Minnesota to Georgia were digging out their summer clothes and scrambling to rev up their air conditioners.

More than 6,000 weather records have been broken this month, with temperatures soaring into the high 80s in locations that are usually happy to reach the 60s during this time of year. There was talk that we were bypassing spring this year , and widespread worries that this would mean a hot, uncomfortable summer.

Then, as suddenly as it came on, the freak heat wave ended. The skies grew cloudy, temperatures plummeted, and the wind began to howl. Here at the Farmers’ Almanac headquarters in Maine, we even got a dusting of snow this morning. Sweaters and winter coats that had been forsaken for the season were retrieved, as those shorts and sandals everyone was sporting not too long ago found themselves abandoned once again.

A few hot, sunny days are all it takes to make us forget the fury that March can bring, but Mother Nature never forgets. As our forecaster, Caleb Weatherbee, likes to say, she always balances her checkbook.

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