10/01/2014

Have You Noticed A lot Of Stink Bugs Lately? Not Good News... It Is About To Get Worse!

Once again this year, we have been getting tons of complaints about lots of stink bugs showing up in people's homes, yards, and everywhere you can imagine. It has become a big story around the area, so tonight I wanted to address if this is only the beginning. I think as you read through the blog, you may be hearing exactly what you did not want to hear.

 

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What Is A Stink Bug?

 

The stink bug is technically known as the Halyomorpha halys and also goes by the name brown marmorated stink bug. The stink bug has an interesting story because it is not native to the US, but unfortunately it was accidentally introduced likely sometime in the 1990s and was collected for the first time here in 1998. The stink bug can grow to about 3/4" long and wide.  

 

The stink bug quite frankly doesn't have a lot of redeeming qualities. It is an agricultural pest and can really cause a lot of problems to fruit and vegetable crops. The stink bug we traditionally see in our area is the brown mamorated stink bug and it is well known to invade homes in the fall. As the temperatures get colder and colder, they seek refuge in homes and go into a state of hibernation. Interestingly, the warmth from the house can draw them out of hibernation in the winter.

 

The smell from the stink bug has been characterized as a pungent odor and some have described the stink as a scent that smells like cilantro. The stink bug actually emits the smell through its abdomen and was meant to defend it from predators. Unfortunately, touch or any handling of the bug will cause it to release the odor and they have become a real problem over the last few years.

 

What To Expect From The Stink Bug this year?

 

The USDA claims that the infestation of stink bugs will peak today, October 1. They state that "houses painted in brown and sealed in wood siding attract the most pests (stink bugs) during their trip from woods and gardens to winter hideaways". With all this said, we are seeing them all over the place and reported in force this year.

 

To keep stink bugs out, the NPMA suggests the following:

 

  • Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans and light switches. Pay close attention to areas including around siding and utility pipes, underneath the wood fascia or other openings.
  • Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed; store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to stink bugs.
  • Use a vacuum to eliminate stink bugs indoors, empty the contents into a plastic bag and dispose of them immediately.
  • A licensed pest professional can pre-treat homes for stink bugs before they become a problem.

 

Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA, said in a press release last year:

 

“Stink bugs have become a familiar sight in homes in nearly 40 states over the past few years as this invasive species continues to spread out further across the country. Although they are a significant agricultural problem and concern for farmers, they are also quite a nuisance to homeowners,. The reason stink bugs end up in our homes is because they are looking for a spot that will keep them safe from harsh winter elements such as rain and snow. You’ll often find them near windows and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that throw off light and warmth. Stink bugs will also release a chemical alerting other stink bugs to an area they’ve settled in, so it’s important to prevent entry in the first place.”

 

 

 

If you have encountered the stink bug, then you know you don't want them in your home. Here is a video showing you how to get rid of the dreaded stink bug should you encounter it in your home...

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Blog: Heavy Rain & Storm Outlook

From Jude Redfield...

    A couple isolated showers/storms are possible during the day on Thursday (20%-30%), but the real show should begin well after midnight Thursday and last through early afternoon on Friday (90%).  It appears many of us will pick up at least a quarter to half inch of rain.  Where t-storms occur amounts around an inch are possible. While this system does have ample wind energy it lacks other severe weather parameters to give a good chance at severe storms. I think a few strong storms are possible with wind gusts over 40mph, but only an outside chance for an isolated severe storm exists at this time.   Gusty winds blow in cold air on the backside of the cold front. The cool down begins Friday and intensifies Saturday and Sunday. -Jude-

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Weather Blog: Come Game Day It Will Be Cold

From Jude Redfield...

    The local college football games on Saturday will be NOTHING like what we just had this past weekend. The warmth will be long gone!!  With the breezy conditions it will feel like the 40s at times. While an isolated shower can't be ruled out at times, rain doesn't look like a big factor. The wind and cool air will be.

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09/30/2014

Huge Temp Swing Expected. First Frost Possible!

Our streaky weather continued today with our 19th straight day without measurable rain at the Louisville International Airport.  It looks like this streak will reach 21 before ending with the passage of a strong cold front late Thursday night.  

Today's high of 85 degrees made it six straight days that we've been up into the 80's and it looks like we'll be adding to that streak over the next couple of days.

In fact, the latest guidance is indicating that temps will surge up even further on Thursday ahead of the front.   

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With temperature anomalies running 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of the year, parts of the area could see highs near 90° Thursday afternoon!  (That would be close to a record high as average highs are only in the middle 70's this time of the year)  

Following a scorcher on Thursday, the passage of a strong cold front will send temps tumbling Friday and into the start of the weekend.  

In fact, the latest Euro indicates that we'll see temps running some 15 t0 20 degrees below normal come Saturday morning.

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The latest GFS is advertising widespread low 40's and even some upper 30's across the area Saturday morning.  BRRR.  

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This would represent a 50 degree swing in temps in only a 36 hour period going from Thursday afternoon into Saturday morning!   

The cool weather continues to pour into the area Saturday afternoon as highs struggle to escape the 50's across the region with considerable clouds and a breezy north wind.  

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Looking further ahead, there are indications that the cold snap will stick around well into next week as well.  The Euro 5 day temp anomlies are running about 8 to 10 degrees below normal in our area Saturday through Wednesday.

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If conditions set up right, it's not out of the question that parts of our area could be looking at a light frost Sunday morning with the Euro advertising widespread upper 30's across much of our area. 

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Come to think of it, this weekend might be a good time to start digging out your winter clothes.  Just an idea. 

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Weather Blog: Rain Is Coming!!!

From Jude Redfield...

    All signs continue to point to a soaking rain overnight Thursday and early Friday.  This powerful cold front brings gusty winds and even a few strong storms. While an isolated severe storm is possible, widespread severe weather isn't expected. Gusty winds wrap around this developing low pressure Friday and last into the weekend. The wind shift to the northwest drags in much cooler air for Friday through Sunday. Highs in the low 60s are possible Saturday. It doesn't appear frost is a concern at this time.

    The best part of this situation is the much needed rain. Many should pick up at least .25" - .50"  Some locations will see around 1".  More to come on this situation as we get closer.  -Jude Redfield-

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09/29/2014

VIDEO: Insane Hail Storm Strikes Colorado!

Video from a CRAZY hail storm that developed in the Denver Colorado area earlier this afternoon.  Notice the hail is moving horizontally more than vertically.  The storm was accompanied by 70 mph wind!  Also, did you catch what this guy said at the end?  What language was that?? 

 

The hail was associated with severe thunderstorms that developed with a strong upper level storm system now moving through the Rocky Mountains.  In some cases, hail was reported to have drifted to more than a foot deep!

Second video of hail accumulating in Aurora and bringing down those leaves a little early this year!

 

Fortunately for us, our weather looks to remain warm and calm through the middle of the week.

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Weather Blog: Devastating Volcanic Eruption

From Jude Redfield...

    Mt. Ontake in Japan recently erupted and sent a massive ash cloud down the mountain. So far at least 31 people are believed dead. Thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this. This is stunning video of the wall of ash overtaking these hikers.

 

 

09/28/2014

VIDEO: Galactic Cannibalism of Andromeda and the Milky Way

 

From NASA, here's a vivid look at the future of our Milky Way in an ultra high-end computer simulation of spiral galaxies colliding. Collisions and mergers are central to galaxy evolution, from the earliest dwarf galaxies that formed to the familiar galaxies we see today. These collisions in action will be targets for the James Webb Telescope. Astronomers hope to understand how the shape, structure and chemical content of galaxies change over the sweep of cosmic history.

 

This simulation follows the collision of two spiral galaxies that harbor giant black holes. The collision merges the black holes and stirs up gas in both galaxies. The merged black hole gorges on the feast and lights up, forming an active galactic nucleus called a quasar and creating a "wind" that blows away much of the galaxy's gas.

Fun to know this will happen to our own galaxy colliding with the Andromeda galaxy in a few billion years!

 

This animation depicts the collision between our Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy. Hubble Space Telescope observations indicate that the two galaxies, pulled together by their mutual gravity, will crash together about 4 billion years from now. Around 6 billion years from now, the two galaxies will merge to form a single galaxy. The video also shows the Triangulum galaxy, which will join in the collision and perhaps later merge with the Andromeda/Milky Way pair.

YouTube Video courtesy NASA
 

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Video Of The Day: Incredible Dust Devil In Saudi Arabia

This is video of an incredible dust devil in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 28, 2014. A dust devil is a strong, well-formed, and relatively long-lived whirlwind, ranging from small (half a meter wide and a few meters tall) to large (more than 10 meters wide and more than 1000 meters tall). The primary vertical motion is upward. Dust devils are usually harmless, but can on rare occasions grow large enough to pose a threat to both people and property.

 

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They are comparable to tornadoes in that both are a weather phenomenon of a vertically oriented rotating column of air. Most tornadoes are associated with a larger parent circulation, the mesocyclone on the back of a supercell thunderstorm. Dust devils form as a swirling updraft under sunny conditions during fair weather, rarely coming close to the intensity of a tornado.

 

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09/27/2014

THE WEEK AHEAD: Two Chances of Rain

 In case you haven't noticed, it's been getting awefully dry out there.  

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 The last time we had measurable rain was more than two weeks ago and unless we get lucky tomorrow, it looks like that stretch will continue for a while longer.  

Currently, we are tracking two upper low pressure systems.  The first one is located over Iowa and will bring parts of our area a slim chance for a shower tomorrow.  

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The second one is located over the Sierra Nevadas out west and will bring us a better chance of precipitation by the end of next week.  

Let's time out Sunday's system with AdvanceTrak...

AT is showing some high clouds to start out the day on Sunday with temps running in the low 60's.

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 Clouds remain through the morning hours with dry conditions thru noon.

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AT shows some isolated showers developing during the afternoon as highs warm into the lower 80's.  

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 The slim chance of a shower remains into the first part of the evening.

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After Sunday, the chance of rain goes away again for much of the next week to come until the western system arrives in the form of a potent cold front on Friday with finally a decent shot at some rain and storms. 

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Keep your fingers crossed for that.

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