In like a lion, out like a …

They say March comes in like a lion, but goes out like a lamb. That might be the case everywhere else, but in Wyoming, it seems like if it comes in like a lion, it goes out like an elephant with a bad sinus infection.

It’s almost March, and that’s got me worried. We’ve had plenty of wind already this year, and March tends to be the windiest month of all. If what we’ve experienced so far is any indication, this March is going to be a blustery son of a gun.

Be ready for the wind if you’re heading into the backcountry. Just like you would with cold temperatures, be sure to dress in layers. The outside layer should be something that blocks the wind, and if it’s waterproof, that’s even better. Living in Wyoming, you ought to already be aware that you can expect wind in March, but it’s likely it’ll be snowy or rainy, as well.

And be aware that winter may officially end on March 19, but the entire month of March always has the potential to be wintery in the Rocky Mountain region. In fact, we often get more snow in the spring than we get in the winter months. Even if it’s warm and sunny when you leave the house, the weather can change in an instant around here. The temperature can drop dramatically, and it can start snowing without much warning.

And then there’s that wind. Don’t be surprised if the wind comes up and gusts hit the 40, 50, 60 or even higher speeds. It makes for some difficult situations when you’re trying to cast a fly or enjoy a hike, but that wind does provide some benefits. When the fast-moving air is driving you out of your mind, just remember that it also moves snow off of grasses and other vegetations, allowing wild animals easier access to food. It helps spread seeds and pollen, providing a vibrant ecosystem. It’s sometimes hard to deal with, but it’s a good reason we have such great outdoor opportunities. And it does keep the riff-raff out.