March! A potentially rough month!


‘March, the third month of the year, was named for the Roman god of war, Mars. … In the early Roman calendar, March (or Martius) was the first month of the calendar year. As March brought the first day of spring with the vernal equinox, it was the start of new beginnings.’

The above factoids exhibit some of the diversity that occurs in the month of March; new beginnings and sometimes chaos. (The chaos being in the number storms that can crop up at any time! The new beginnings symbolized by the arrival of fresh vegetation that benefits from the nitrogen rich melting snow and spring rains).

March is also one of the months that we see the largest increase in sunlight, via increasingly longer days. When combined with increasing temperatures, the likelihood of strong storms also begins to increase. March 20th is the official start of spring and is eagerly awaited by all.

Here, in southwest Missouri, however, some of the signs of spring often occur well before the 20th. Very often, within the first couple of weeks of the month, you might see; garlic grass, Bradford pear trees in blossom, daffodils and crocuses all erupting at the same time! Wow!

This March of the year 2021 should be yet another in a long line of great springs. Get out and enjoy this month whenever you can!

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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