Jiminy crickets! Make that, cicadas. We haven’t experienced the 17-year emergence of the Brood X cicadas in the Charlotte area, but it’s a different story for our neighbors in Virginia and Maryland.
Lauryn Ricketts, a meteorologist for WTOP-TV in Washington, DC, recently tweeted a screen shot of the Storm Team4 weather radar. It shows a big green blob over the greater Washington-Baltimore area. Normally, that would indicate clouds and rain. Not this time. Ricketts says it was likely cicadas.
The swarm was so thick it actually registered on radar! Knowing that, I’m fine with missing out on Brood X 2021.
THIS is not rain, not ground clutter (the radar beam picking up objects close the radar site --which is in Loudoun County).... the Hydrometeor Classification algorithm identifies this as biological in nature..so likely CICADAS being picked up by the radar beam... pic.twitter.com/zTLCzynz5D— Lauryn Ricketts (@laurynricketts) June 7, 2021