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July 11, 2006

Air So Thick With Flies It Shows Up On Weather Radar

Now that's a lot of flies.

So what was it last Friday that turned the radar in the La Crosse area into a sea of white?

It turns out that it was a gigantic hatch of mayflies.

The bugs were so thick that they showed up as a rainstorm of mayflies on National Weather Service radar.

For about 1 1/2 hours starting at 9 p.m., the insects drifted north, with the radar showing them blanketing areas along the Mississippi River.

"They were dive-bombing in the root beer floats," said Gary Rudy, owner of Rudy's Drive-In, whose family has been slinging burgers and soft drinks since 1966.

"It hasn't been that bad in a long time."

A man calling himself only "Pharoah" was quoted as saying, "Trust me, it only gets worse from here."

Thanks to Craig.


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