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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: A periodical cicada nymph climbs a tree after crawling out of the ground at the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Brood X cicadas are emerging by the billions in the eastern United States and some Midwestern states after living underground and feeding off of tree roots for 17 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

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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.