A swarm of insects seen on weather radar approaching Ohio

A swarm of insects seen on weather radar approaching Ohio

Summer is right around the corner and that means, for Northeast Ohio, the arrival of midges. A swarm of insects has begun invading the Cleveland area, and has even been spotted on the National Weather Service’s radar. The National Weather Service posted on Twitter and Facebook, showing the swarm the insects were picked up on radar. The insects are released from Lake Erie as soon as the water becomes warm enough. The NWS said a weather observer reported the swarm was larger than last year. According to InsectShield.com, some adult midges look similar to mosquitoes, with the same dark brown coloration on their bodies and wings, and the bodies extending beyond their wings. Most biting midges look like stocky flies, with wings only as long as their body. The female’s body expands and acquires a reddish-brown color as it draws blood during feeding. Northeast Ohio is also subject to swarms of mayflies in the warmer months. Last year, the insects came out in full force, infesting the area, and were even spotted by weather radar. In Port Clinton, the local power company had to temporarily turn off street lights to deter flies. The flies usually come in late June and continue until September.

Summer is right around the corner and for Northeast Ohio that means the arrival of midges.

The swarm of insects has begun invading the Cleveland area, and has even been spotted on the National Weather Service’s radar.

The NWS posted on Twitter and Facebook, showing a swarm of bugs picked up on radar.

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The insects emerge from Lake Erie as soon as the water becomes warm enough.

The NWS said a weather observer reported the swarm was larger than last year.

According to InsectShield.com, some adult midges look similar to mosquitoes, with the same dark brown coloration on their bodies and wings, and the bodies extending beyond their wings. Most biting midges look like stocky flies, with wings only as long as their body. The female’s body expands and acquires a reddish-brown color as it draws blood during feeding.

Northeast Ohio is also subject to swarms of mayflies in the warmer months.

Last year, the insects came out in full force, infesting the area, and were even spotted by weather radar. In Port Clinton, the local power company had to temporarily turn off street lights to deter flies. The flies usually come in late June and continue until September.

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