Friday, May 30, 2014
From the Albuquerque Journal:
Now it’s raining grasshoppers.
The National Weather Service doesn’t want to jump to any conclusions, but the pests have apparently become so abundant on the West Mesa that they’ve started showing up on National Weather Service radar. Jason Frazier, a meteorologist for the weather service in Albuquerque, said this year’s grasshopper plague is the most likely explanation for “weird radar echoes” that appeared Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“We knew pretty quickly it wasn’t rain,” Frazier said Friday.
The images prompted weather service officials to test their West Mesa radar, but technicians found no evidence of faulty equipment, he said. Radar images posted on the agency’s website Thursday night showed several clusters in areas west of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and largely north of Interstate 40.
Migrating birds, bats and other creatures sometimes show up on radar, but officials said they don’t recall ever having clouds of grasshoppers show up on their screens, said meteorologist Chuck Jones.
The insects hatched weeks ago and are now full grown, he said. “That’s why we’re seeing them now on the radar, because they’re larger.” http://www.abqjournal.com/408500/news/grasshoppers-on-the-west-mesa-show-up-on-weather-radar.html?pos=4
Maybe this is how the global warming nuts measure weather- they include grsshoppers in their studies.