Recently, meteorologists were left perplexed after a huge blob appeared in the sky on the National Weather Service's radar.
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Weather channels have always gone into overdrive while reporting strange climatic occurrences like freak floods and unexplainable famines. But recently, meteorologists were left perplexed after a huge blob appeared in the sky on the National Weather Service's radar.
What really shocked the weather experts was the fact that the huge cloud that had appeared over Southern California wasn't weather-related at all. It was actually a huge swarm of ladybugs that appeared like a cloud on their radars!
One more great thing that happens in/near the Antelope Valley. A giant cloud of ladybugs over Wrightwood.— West AV View (@WestAVView) June 6, 2019
According to news sources, meteorologist Joe Dandrea that the swarm of bugs measured about 80 miles wide when they recorded it flying over San Diego on Tuesday.
The @NWSSanDiego reports that the large echo showing up on radar in Southern California last night was actually a cloud of ladybugs about 80 miles by 80 miles in size flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet: https://t.co/0tZQryBR1v pic.twitter.com/qiMKcDd3Pe— Shah Selbe (@shahselbe) June 5, 2019
The giant, moving cloud of ladybugs were flying at a height of 5,000 and 9,000 feet, in a concentrated group of around 10 miles wide. Right now, there is no word on the type of ladybugs that were flying in the sky, but the sheer thought of a giant cloud of flying insects hovering above us is creepy enough to send shivers down our spines.
A giant blob that appeared on the US National Weather Service's radar wasn't a rain cloud, but a massive "bloom" of ladybugs flying over Southern California. https://t.co/BC3YEs1UO2— Robin MacNab (@RobinMacNab) June 7, 2019
A swarm of ladybugs like this one is called a 'bloom'. According to a report by the L.A. Times, California is home to more than 200 types of ladybugs and many speculate that the giant bloom that was spotted consisted of convergent lady beetles. These bugs tend to migrate to higher elevations while searching for food.
Whoa! A giant swarm of ladybugs showed up on the weather radar in SoCal. https://t.co/e4UeRyuWzM— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 6, 2019
Hopefully, they shouldn't descend on us any time soon!