Impressive numbers to put the “Winter That Wasn’t” in perspective:
Afternoon Highs Above 70°
This Year: 26 Days
Last Year: 12 Days
Afternoon Highs in the 40s
This Year: 6 Days
Last Year: 32 Days
As I sit here, I can’t help but lean down to scratch my ankles. Four red dots are indicating she enjoyed the menu, but decided to come back for seconds…and dessert. Who would have thought the buffet would open before the official start of spring?
It’s a two-part equation that includes the temperature and rainfall. Mosquitoes love warm and humid climates and thus their season here in the east is usually July through October, but an augment can be made that our mosquitoes never took a winter vacation this year. Despite the warm winter, the mosquito population hasn’t been building through the warm months. Without adequate rainfall, the breeding rate is far less than if we had a wet winter to go along with the twenty-six 70+ degree days.
Using last week’s World of Weather as a guide for the first ever “MosquitoCast”, we can anticipate the little ‘sceeters to be buzzing, but not over populating. This is coming from a combination of warm temperatures, but below average rainfall through the next three months. Additionally, because of the mild winter, the mosquitoes have come out (or never left) much earlier than in years past, as most can attest to.
The relationship is pretty much lose-lose when you consider the sacrifices of a warm, but below average rainfall season. Sure we will have fewer mosquitos, but that BBQ hamburger will look pretty naked without a good lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle crop. The warm winter meant we could start stocking up on charcoal in January, but unfortunately it has also put calamine lotion on the shopping list in February. Keep in mind, the best way to control the mosquito population in your area is to eliminate the standing water around your house.
What temperatures do mosquitoes love/hate? Click the video to find out.