Has a belated plague of Egypt descended upon the Rust Belt?
No, but it sure looked like it in a radar image shared Tuesday by the National Weather Service Cleveland, which pictured thousands of dragonflies swarming over Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, Fox News 8 reported.
The animated GIF was posted on the meteorological service’s Twitter feed with this caption: “This is not rain being observed by the radars across IN/OH/PA today. Care to take a guess as to what is traversing the region?”
The post prompted a variety of responses, with some Twitter users guessing that it was “chemtrails” or “locusts.” One joked that it was “smoke from the Factory of Sadness Re-firing the machinery last Sunday.”
The NWS later determined through more helpful “input from their followers” that the clouds were “most likely dragonflies mixed with other insects/birds.”
Although harmless, the 1- to 4-inch insects caused quite a commotion on Northeast Ohio’s lakefront communities, shooing away fishermen and beachgoers, ABC 16 WNEP News reported.
One Twitter user posted a video of dragonflies flitting about her backyard with the tag “Dragonflies are everywhere in VOL (Vermilion on the Lake).”
The experts still don’t know exactly what caused the insect invasion, but Ohio meteorologist Kelly Dobeck’s outspoken Facebook followers certainly had a lot to say about the swarm.
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