No month has quite the same flair for the dramatic as March. No doubt the potential for a back-breaking snowstorm is high on the list, yet a sudden shift in the wind, sweeping the clouds away can permit the sun to deliver an encouraging taste of spring. Stir these ingredients together in a slightly different fashion and the whisper of snow becomes the drumming of a soaking rain. Slumbering rivers awake, though sometimes in a nightmarish rush. Melting snow may double or triple the water racing down the river basins, quickly exceeded their capacity and sending the debris-strewn water over the banks, ever closer to farms, homes, and businesses. If the winter has had few interruptions, a mild rain might dislodge the river’s ice, only to become choked near a bridge or along a river’s bend. The ice jam can form an icy lake with shocking speed and ease, threatening life and property.
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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
– Charles Dickens