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Hopping on the Radar

It’s relatively unusual to see an unknown blip on a National Weather Service (NWS) radar screen but meterologists in Albuquerque, N.M. found just that this week. They were baffled, trying to figure out an unknown detection over the West Mesa area, seen for the fourth night in a row. Turns out the blip was insects – grasshoppers to be precise.

Experts say the mysterious radar detection was most likely thanks to a recent hatching by the insects about a week or so ago. Their growth of late allowed them to become large enough to be seen on radar images. The infestation is the worst in more than 20 years.

At least technicians do not have to worry about certain malfunctions they first feared.



Radar returns shows a plethora of antenna-laden hoppers 



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