Here in Lawrence March has definitely come in like a lion. Last night there were storms all to the south and east of us. We spent the evening watching Gary Lesick from Kansas City give us the updates on the weather. There were super-cell thunderstorms that produced tornadoes, there were straight line storms that produced hail, lightening, and rain. In KC - they got up to 6 inches of rain.
They actually pre-empted "Deal or No Deal" and "Medium" last night for storm coverage (for which I am thankful). Apparently people we calling in all mad and Gary kept saying "there are tornadoes people, tornadoes. I think the storm coverage is much more interesting. They now have all sorts of fancy programs that they can look at the storms with so it was pretty cool. Especially as we did not get any bad weather. And thankfully, the tornadoes weren't that bad and, as far as I know, no-one was hurt and not much property was damaged. Though one of the main highways (I-35) in KC, where they just finished doing construction, ended up under about 4 feet of water. The news broadcasters were salivating at the possibility that there might be a design flaw in this $50 million project. Turns out that they are still doing the landscaping and a lot of debris plugged up the drain pipe. Once they got it cleared out, apparently it drained very quickly. They also showed lots of pictures this morning of yards that looked to be covered in snow - but it was hail.
Anyway - the storm that went through must have been really strong. Gary kept making a big deal of how impressive it was (and he is an professional, so he has seen a lot of storms). The thunderstorms were really strong, even when the temperatures had dropped into the fifties. It was interesting to see that while the main line of thunderstorms moved to the north-east, the supercells moved out in their own directions, almost directly east. Apparently that is typical of the super-cells, which are the ones that most often spawn tornadoes.
Today we are on the back-end of the storm - winds up to 35 miles per hour, a bit of blowing snow, falling temperatures.
Hopefully March will go out like a lamb.
So, is it the Lion or the lamb where you live today?