March Calendar

March 1, 1807: Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of the Church, born in Avon, Connecticut.

March 2, 1919: A. Theodore Tuttle, of the presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, born in Manti, Utah.

March 6, 1884: Alma Sonne, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, born in Logan, Utah.

March 11, 1888: The infamous “blizzard of ’88” rages until March 14, marooning hundreds of thousands.

March 13, 1813: Red snow and hail fall in Tuscany, Italy.

March 15, 1952: 73.62 inches of rain, a record for a twenty-four-hour period, falls at Cilaos, La Reunion, Indian Ocean.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 23, 1943: George P. Lee, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, born in Towaoc, Colorado.

March 26, 1931: Vaughn J. Featherstone, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, born in Stockton, Utah.

March 27, 1907: Theodore M. Burton, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 28, 1895: Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth president of the Church, born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 31, 1903: Sterling W. Sill, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, born in Layton, Utah.

Weather facts courtesy Bernell Berrett

Fun with Weather

The harvest moon is so named because the moon on clear autumn nights reflects enough light by which to harvest crops.

Estimate your distance from lightning by counting the seconds between the flash and the thunder-clap. Sound travels roughly a mile in five seconds, so divide the number of seconds you count by five. If you count ten seconds, the flash is two miles away.

Every snowflake has six sides but no two are exactly alike. (See Feb. Friend 1976 for more facts on snowflakes.)

At 32°F. water freezes but sea water, because of the salt content, will not freeze until the temperature drips to 28. 5°F.

The earth is always tilted 23 1/2°. Like a giant gyroscope top, it keeps this tilt during its entire journey around the sun.

To create a cloud of your own, put two or three inches of hot water in a small bottle. Place an ice cube on top of bottle and watch your man-made cloud form as the water vapor rises from the hot water and is cooled by the ice.

When water changes to ice, its volume increases by 1/11, so that 11 cubic inches of water become 12 cubic inches of ice.

The coldest place on earth is the Pole of Cold, Antarctica, with the annual average temperature of -72°F.

Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, occurs in the northern hemisphere near the north pole. Thess glowing neon-like lights are caused by the effects ofsolar particles on the ionosphere.

The wettest place on earth is Mt. Waialeale, Hawaii, where rain falls an average of 486.1 inches annually.

The hottest temperature on earth was recorded in Coimbra, Portugal, in September of 1933 at a record or 158° F. It lasted for only a few minutes.

Cloud types: Cirrus Cumulus Nimbus Stratus

How to Make Your Weather Station

You will need: 1/4″ wooden dowel 12″ long, glue, scissors, wooden block 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 2″, tape, and metal washer 1/4″.

Make your own simple weather vane by cutting out objects outlined with a dotted line on pages 24 and 25 and mounting on lightweight cardboard, (see diagram for assembly). The arrow should spin freely and pivot on the metal washer.

Set your weather vane outside. Make sure the rooster is pointing north as well as the N,E,S,W marker. You’ll be able to see the direction the wind is blowing as it moves the arrow.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown