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.
The combination of moisture from Erika and a non-tropical system will drench areas from Florida to the Georgia coast through the middle of the week.
A rapid shutdown of tropical activity and an end to hurricane season in early September is not likely this year, despite a strong El Nino.
Typhoons and building drought will impact more than one billion people in southeastern Asia this fall.
The calendar may have flipped to September but summer is not going anywhere just yet across the Northeast.
Tropical Depression 14-E developed several hundred miles southwest of Mexico on Monday and is expected to strengthen as it moves northward through the middle of the week.
Heat will be erased by an autumnlike air mass across parts of northern Europe.
Washington Co., IA (1897)
Hail fell and drifted in piles 6 feet deep in Washington County.
Yuma, AZ (1950)
123 degrees - hottest temperature ever in Yuma. Yuma is the hottest city in the U.S.
Los Angeles, CA (1955)
110 degrees, hottest day ever in September. This mark was tied September 4, 1988.