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Forget the Groundhog: Harvester Ants Say Spring is Here

Important weather info: Not only were termites swarming early, but ticks are out in full force and that’s about a month too early. More importantly, harvester ants are coming out; they would never come out if the ground were going to freeze again. Spring is here to stay, and summer is around the corner.

Because of the drought, many insects will be trying to get inside your home. Many more will be coming out of the desert looking for waterthere isn’t any out there.

Surprisingly, there was a mosquito under my outside light last night. I could tell by the way it was standing that it was an Aedes mosquito. Of the 18 species of Aedes in NM, 13 are vectors of encephalitis or West Nile Virus. There won't be much water out in the wilderness, so they’ll be breeding in standing water around our homes. Mosquitoes aren't going to go away; they are going to become even more common in cities and towns, where the water is.

The termites, ticks, harvester ants and mosquitoes convince me spring is here, and global warming is a real thing. You’ll need to keep plenty of non-DEET mosquito repellant on hand.

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Don’t smoke in the Bosque like a jerk

The National Weather Service is alerting our city to critical fire danger along the Bosque and in the East Mountains. That’s the status starting today, and it will remain through the weekend.

It seems like every summer, some idiot sets off fireworks in the Bosque and burns down a good stretch of it. Fire restrictions include: No fireworks, no smoking and no open flames (campfires, barbecue, welding).

The same goes for the East Mountains, though people are allowed to smoke in their vehicles if they put their cigs out in approved containers.

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It’s witch-nip cold out there

Isolated snow showers this evening, says this weather site. A low of five degrees.

Y’all drive extra sober on those icy roads.

I’m such a New Mexican babycry. When the wind blows on me today, I can’t stand it. How/why do people live in really cold places?

Snowflakes under an electron microscope. And more.

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