An unusually warm winter has left Albuquerque with an army of grasshoppers, who are now flying high enough to mess with weather radar readings.
With more eggs able to survive winter and hatch this spring, grasshoppers reached a point of infestation, local news reports said. Updrafts of air have apparently swept some grasshoppers as high as 1,000 feet. National Weather Service meteorologists reached that conclusion after noticing weird radar imagery.
The meteorologists checked equipment to make sure it wasn't malfunctioning before getting word from officials elsewhere in the agency what the problem was — a large gathering of insects moving through the sky.
But the grasshopper cloud pickup was new for New Mexico.