Welcome to SKYE

the new AOL Weather
What's new on Skye

The SKYE’s Weather Experience

We have recently redesigned AOL Weather. Learn about how we changed the way you experience weather forecasts.

See What's New My Cities
x

Skye Weather+Photo

The app where life and weather come together

x
Follow us:

Watch: Radar Shows Giant Bug Storm Over Texas

That wasn't rain falling on Austin on Friday
Weather Radar Shows Giant 'Storm' of Dust, Bugs in Texas
The radar image covering a good-size chunk of Texas on Friday featured deep shades of blue and green, indicating that rain was pelting the region. Only it wasn't raining outside. It was perfectly dry.

"We thought something was wrong with the radar, but we checked our instruments and measurements," National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn told Statesman.com in Austin, Texas. "Everything was working fine."

It turns out it wasn't a storm at all but (probably) a combination of grasshoppers, moths, flies, pollen and dust swirling in the atmosphere - something forecasters usually see resulting from cold fronts in early fall, not in early summer.

So what happened? A cold front hit the region Friday, causing a northeasterly breeze that sent dust and bugs flying into the air.

It's not the first time people have been confused by radar in the region.

Each evening in the summer, for example, millions of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from caves and take to the skies, causing radar to suggest major storms moving through the area. Forecasters in the National Weather Service's Austin-San Antonio office field calls several times a week from confused citizens wondering why local radar images look so stormy.

"They look at the radar and it looks like something exploded, and then they look outside and see clear skies," National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Jon Zeitler told SKYE.

Fortunately, Zeitler is more than happy to offer an explanation.

"People find it interesting," he said.

RELATED ON SKYE: The World's Freakiest Bugs

Comments

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

22 Comments

Filter by:
mafiawarrob

The same thing they are showing in this report in Austin's radar was on our radar in Dallas, they said it was bugs trapped between to layers of air, which sounds like BS to me, we didn't have any dust storm or rain. and i didn't see any bugs like that, as big as that signature is you would think it was a mass invasion of locus or something, so the question is..What is it really!!

July 02 2013 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sgtmike132

With Accu Weather, the application on our phones, we get the opposite. Sunny and clear means cloudy with drizzle. Partly cloudy means rain all day. I've written to them to no avail.

July 02 2013 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Walt

HEAT, DUST, BUGS, HEAT, WELCOME TO TEXAS. I THINK GOD IS PUNISHING THEM FOR REMOVING OUR FOUNDING FATHER FROM THEIR EDUCATION SYSTEM. FUNNY THE BIGGEST DOUBTERS OF GLOBAL WARMING ARE THE ONE'S BEING THE HARDEST HIT KEEP ON BELIEVEIN IN YOUR LOCAL OIL LOBBIST...SENATOR BARTON AND THE LIKES.

July 02 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carnage_2012

I was looking at my radar in Wichita Falls last week thinking WTF is this?

July 02 2013 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Randy

I have seen numerous times blue and light green over our area with not rain. The blue is no rain and the green is real light rain that probably evaporated before it hit the ground.

July 02 2013 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chicklady

So all these frikkin' mosquitos should be showing up on radar here. They are brutal this year.

July 02 2013 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Handgunner

I am tired of the same commecials that come on before every video.Because of this I will boycott Ronzoni Garden Pasta.

July 02 2013 at 10:09 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jon

What a surprise. The weather report is wrong.

July 02 2013 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

Why does the map indicate "San Antonio" if this happened in the Dallass/Fort Worth area?

July 02 2013 at 9:19 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
keedyk87

It shows that without Human participation or judgment and or reasoning. Technology alone is not always reliable or empirical!

July 02 2013 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Advertisement
Like us on Facebook?
Next on Skye
Photos: Yarnell Hill Wildfire Claims Lives of 19 Firefighters