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Pat Shingleton: "Weather and Locusts"

7 years 9 months 15 hours ago Monday, March 07 2016 Mar 7, 2016 March 07, 2016 11:00 PM March 07, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton
Heavy rain and mild temperatures in Northwest Africa can increase the number of locusts.  When skies are overcast, 
locusts create a swarming configuration that is spread-out. During hot weather, locusts will more likely form swarms
that can be a mile high.  Locusts can destroy a field of crops in a matter of hours and in Africa these bugs strike regularly. 
In Northwest Africa, locusts have infested an estimated seven to ten million acres of land.  Weatherwise magazine reports
that desert locusts consume their own weight of food each day.  In twenty-four hours, a small area of swarming locusts
eat enough food to feed 2,500 people. By monitoring weather conditions, The National Meteorological and Hydrological
Services will be working in conjunction with the World Meteorological Organization and containment specialists to predict
the breeding rates of swarms to better eradicate them with pesticides.

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