“In like a lion, out like a lamb” …
Chuck it up on the trash heap of continental weather sayings that have no place in south Florida.
Up north – and rife through every farmer’s almanac you can lay your hands on – the onset of March brings notoriously fierce storms – nor’easters, tornados, blizzards, a slush mix of rising flood waters – only to be tamed into the so-called “spring lamb” in its waning days.
There’s always a kernal of truth behind those sayings, that reaches back deep into our ancestral roots.
And whatever you do, don’t go planning a picnic or family gathering around them.
I can laugh now, but it was not joke at the time.
But not down here in south Florida.
It’s been a “dry” dry season.
According to a recent article by Sun-Sentinel’s Ken Kaye, although we’ve been getting cold fronts at a regularly clip (our normal source of winter rains) the prevailing La Nina has been zapping the moisture out of them.
And that La Nina isn’t expected to budge out of the picture any time soon.
That’s conjuring comparison’s being drawn to the record dry winters of 1985 and 1989, and the wild fires that went along with them.
That single event floated Florida’s boat out of drought almost the entire state over (with the exception of Tampa).
You know it’s a Big Rain Day when you’re still living off it 6 months after it’s passed.
But now that water’s almost gone.
And the landscape is drying.
I’ve often thought that Big Cypress National Preserve’s vast sweep of the tree-sparse prairies resemble the African Serengeti this time of year …
As if a lion could leap out from behind a palmetto.
(Of course we only have panthers – about a hundred of them).
Here’s to hoping a March lion appears instead …
In the form of a Big Rain Day.
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