They know where to find you. And you can't escape.
These tiny menaces aren't enemy micro-drones. They're a more old-fashioned assailant.
They're the small biting insects that you see outside all summer, but never knew had a name. They have, in fact, a few: no-see-ems, biting midges or punkies.
According to Penn State Entomologist Greg Hoover, the insects have a few "unspeakable names" as well.
And these bugs are everywhere this summer.
"It could be because of an abundance of moisture this spring," Hoover said.
Northern states from Washington to Maine and down to Mississippi all received more rain than average this spring.
No-see-ems breed in ponds, wetlands and near flowing water like streams. They'll also breed in any stagnant water in your yard.
No-see-ems will bite you when you're digging in the garden or sitting out on your boat. Even at home, a screen door won't give respite from the bugs. At between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch, biting midges fly right through the holes in the screen.
Like the mosquito, the female biting midge feeds on blood. Though no-see-ems are tiny bugs, their victims say the itch from bites is just as bad as mosquito bites.
"The pain is quite extreme when you look at their size," Hoover said.
The folk remedy cure is painting over the bite with nail polish. A more effective technique is rubbing on some antihistamine cream.
But, like most insects, biting midges have their good points. Their rain forest relatives pollinate the cacao plant. The insects are something that we "equate with causing us pain," Hoover said. "But we don't have chocolate without pollination."
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
A storm system will bring snow and ice to parts of the mid-Atlantic and the South through Monday.
After a chilly weekend, a milder week is ahead for the Cleveland area.
Rainy weather is expected midweek for the Detroit area.
After a chilly start to the week, temperatures will climb in the coming days across the Dallas area.
No rain is in sight for Southern California this week. Sunshine and mild weather will prevail.
Cheyenne, WY (1994)
A wind gust to 74 mph; a roof was blown off a mobile home in South Cheyenne; a tractor- trailer was blown over on I-25.
Chicago, IL (1970)
14" of snow.
Memphis, TN (1892)
Heaviest snowstorm on record (see Mar. 21 Almanac) snow began falling at 2:30 p.m. on the 16th - ended at 9:00 a.m. on the 17th, with a total of 18.0". This had been preceded by a 1/2" snowfall on the 15th for a three day total of 18.5". Riddleton, TN received 26.3".