England: rain cloud or giant cloud of flying ants?

Davi Moura Christian Garavaglia 2 hours ago Huge swarm of flying ants over part of the UK Locust clouds have left farmers in different parts of Africa and South America on alert for the past few months. Now, on the old European continent, a huge cloud of flying ants caused doubts in weather monitoring last Friday the 17th. The huge cloud of insects stretched for tens of kilometers in the south-eastern part of the UK when it was recorded by radar from The Met Office may interest you: “Locust pests in times of pandemic” Distrustful of the sudden appearance of rain echoes on the radar despite the dry and sunny weather, meteorologists did a thorough analysis and discovered that they could represent insects given They were echoes longer and wider than raindrops. Many UK residents soon began posting about the sudden emergence of thousands of flying ants in parts of London, Kent and Sussex, as well as in the eastern part of the country. “It is not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise,” the Met Office in the UK tweeted. It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise … The radar is actually picking up a swarm of #flyingants across the southeast During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days #flyingantday pic.twitter.com/aMF6RxR943— Met Office (@metoffice) July 17, 2020A broadcaster from the National Weather Agency told The Guardian: “It is not uncommon for large swarms of ants to be detected.” During the summer months, thousands of flying ants are known to fly across the UK sky, on what is popularly known as “Flying Ants Day”. The phenomenon generally occurs each year on sunny, windless days, when young ants and males leave their nests to mate and start new colonies. A study by the Royal Society of Biology found that ants only flew when the temperature was above 13 ° C and the wind speed stayed below 6.3 meters per second. So today I learned the UK has a thing called flying ant day. Massive amounts of ants erupting from my geraniums was an alarming way to discover this #FlyingAnts pic.twitter.com/ThK4KxXFkA— Alice Oates (@geogblogger) July 12, 2020The giant cloud drifted during Friday 17 and Saturday 18 southeast of England, near London, and then dissipated. In Ireland, the insect cloud is expected to remain in the region until the end of August. In the northern hemisphere it is now summer, the most favorable season for the reproduction of insects.