March's Wild Pendulum Swings
March is known for coming "in like a lion" and going "out like a lamb." Often that's not literally true -- take, for instance, the severe weather episodes on March 31 both this year and last, or the lack of active weather on March 1 this year, shortly before Winter Storm Saturn began.
But most sayings have a kernel of truth, and indeed March is rightly renowned for being a volatile month that can take on any number of personalities in a given year.
We've certainly witnessed that the past two years. A year ago, we were stunned by unprecedented, long-lived March heat that shattered thousands of warm-weather records nationwide. This year, the pendulum has swung the other way, with multiple snowstorms and persistent cold that have left millions of Americans begging for winter to go away.
We've compiled a list of 12 cities that have seen an amazing swing from a balmy March 2012 to a chilly March 2013, starting with a city notorious for its harsh winters.