Just to make sure that the Earth is going crazy with all those biblical references of disasters happening just every other turn of the week, your daily weather forecast will be “bugger” indeed if you are in the British Isles this week.
It was forecast by the Met Office that giant, Moses-like swarms of ants who fly like crazy will be added in your sightings, blissfully wishing for you to stay and remain in the comforts of your home this past week. How lovely nature signals us.
The UK’s Met Office gleefully made an official forecast over the week with satellite images of what seems to be giant formulations of clouds as proof that these insects, for once, is not a government conspiracy.
“It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise,” it said in a tweet on Friday.“During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days #flyingantday”
The meteorologist working for the said weather agency said it will be dry and sunny at the time, deleting any suspicions the weather bureau would have taken clouds for something else. The swarm was visible on radar for about two hours on Friday morning. ‘The forecasters’ satellites didn’t show enough clouds to produce rain in the area,’ she said.
The office’s projection was confirmed when people in the area started posting about the swarm with the hashtags #flyingants and #flyingantday. There were also reports along the eastern part of the country that did not show up on radar, she said. However, the phenomenon is not something that hasn’t happened in the past. Rather, this is an annual event, lovingly nicknamed Flying Ant Day.
The phenomenon occurs when young queen ants, followed by males, leave their nests to breed and start new colonies. The weather conditions have to be just right, which is why so many ants choose to take off at the same time, according to the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).
They may be annoying, but the ants are also good for the environment, according to the RSB.They improve soil fertility and aerate the ground so more water, oxygen and nutrients can reach plants’ roots and wind up as meals for birds and other predators.
The ants aren’t harmful, so the RSB suggests ignoring them until they fly off on their own.
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