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.
Smoke created hazy, orange views in Los Angeles on Saturday as the Sand Fire continued to rage less than 40 miles away from the city's downtown.
Gusty thunderstorms will target the northeastern United States on Monday, but will fail to sweep away the heat wave baking the region.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Downpours will spread from the lower Mississippi Valley to eastern and central Texas early this week, delivering needed rain but raising the concern for flash flooding.
A renewed risk of severe weather will threaten portions of the north-central United States early this week.
With the heat of summer comes many unwelcomed pests, including mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies, wasps and stink bugs, into outdoor spaces and homes.
Washington, DC (1991)
A total of 3" of rain from heavy thunderstorms.
Manchester, KY (1992)
A state trooper was stranded in his patrol car after it was submerged by flood waters.
Alexandria, NE (1992)
8.0" of rain with severe flooding.