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Storm's Brewin'

People have been posting videos of the insects invading the air over the past few days.

This phenomenon has happened before, but not very often, says Jeff Knight with the Nevada Department of Agriculture:

“We have records clear from the ’60s of it happening, and I have seen it … at least four or five times in my 30-plus years."

It's like a blizzard, but with grasshoppers.

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The National Weather Service also issued a warning to residents about impaired visibility outdoors.

It seems that a particularly wet year is to blame for the swarms.

According to Knight:

“It appears through history that when we have a wet winter or spring, these things build up often down below Laughlin and even into Arizona."

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There are so many of these things in the air that some of them are showing up on weather radar, which reads activity on higher elevations. This is only a "small subset" though.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas tweeted a view of the radar, saying "analysis suggests most of these echoes are biological targets."

Literally Blinded By the Light

The grasshoppers are of course attracted to lights, so street lights in Vegas are bug magnets these days. Is it a biblical plague? Depends on how you look at it.

It's really just nature.

“We’ll have flights [of grasshoppers] about this time of the year, migrations, and they’ll move northward,” says Knight.

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