(Weather Master)
Sat May 26 2007 09:54 PM
Critter Report

For those who know my past history with weather mongering, I like to observe nature and to figure out what may be happening according to the behavior of birds, insects, and other land and water creatures. I believe that all of nature is connected and that it tells us what to expect at least as soon as the scientific data operators, and some times sooner and more accurately. This year my observation in Central Florida is a very large and early invasion by the lovebugs. Over the years in Florida, 55 of them to be excruciatingly honest, I have observed that the appearance of lovebugs and slugs to be very good signs of the hurricane phenomenon, or excessive tropical storm activity. I saw my first slug of the summer, right before Andrea formed. The lovebug invasion is so bad that you can literally have your windshield covered in a trip of 4 miles duration in some areas of the county I live in. The last time they were close to this bad was in 2004 when Central Florida was hit several times in a row by major hurricanes. But it was mid June before the lovebugs made it to my county that year. What does this mean about storms this year? My suggestions are :1. We will have an early season in Florida of tropical activity as soon as late July, early August. I can speculate several tropical storms in succession hitting one week period after another in a cycle. This would bring large amounts of rain in a short time period, causing realistically more flood damage than one fast moving major hurricane.
The other scenario could be one very powerful hurricane making a near miss, toward any of the vulnerable coasts. To be safe and cover all the bases, it may prove my theory about lovebugs is entirely wrong, but lets wait and see if the shallow water shark activity gets busier. All three signs together are very ominous.

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