March 18, 2011
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Something startled me quite a bit last night (March 18, 2011) as my supervisor and I were walking around one of our park units doing frog and toad surveys. It was late at night (around 10pm), with plenty of moonlight and our headlamps to guide us across a valley. That something was…a mosquito!
What shook my nerves the most was not the buzzing sound it made in my ear, but rather the time of year. In this part of southern Ohio (our location is pinned on a map at the end of this blog entry), mosquitoes do not normally come around until about mid to late April. However, it seems the unusually warm weather over the last few days had accelerated their development. The temperature as we were walking outside that night was a balmy 60 degrees F. The average low that night is documented as ~34 degrees F (NWS, 2011).
My hope is that this sort of early noxious insect arrival isn’t becoming a trend in this region…
Our location last night.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service (NWS). (2011). Climatological report (daily) (CDUS41 KILN 180537). Wilmington, OH: Retrieved from http://www.weather.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=iln