Warm weather and recent rains in central Texas are creating near-perfect conditions for cricket eggs to hatch, causing a cricket invasion in Austin.
Monica Malone of J & J Pest Control says her phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from jumpy central Texans. She says that usually about 75 percent of cricket eggs don't hatch, but some recent rain flipped that stat.
Since the start of 2012, there has been nearly 1.5 times the normal rainfall for Austin, Texas. May rainfall was nearly 200 percent of normal.
Some complaints from Austin residents about the crickets include the noise and the smell of whole herds of dead crickets.
Severe thunderstorms return near Little Rock, threatening areas from Oklahoma City to Dallas to close out Wednesday evening.
Severe thunderstorms are set to return to the corridor from Little Rock to Oklahoma City to Dallas to close out Wednesday.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
A plane carrying 58 people crashed in Taiwan Wednesday evening local time amid heavy rain and gusty winds from former Typhoon Matmo.
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.
Columbus, OH (1979)
This is the first year in 101 years of record keeping at Columbus in which the temperature has not reached 90 degrees by July 23rd.
Hurricane Delores, west of Baja California, causes high surf along the Southern California coast.