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Author Topic: DC area  (Read 462 times)

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« on: August 26, 2018, 04:09:43 pm »
Got hot again. Had a few glorious days of cool temps and there we go again. 30C today.  This whole week promises to be hot and humid but September and October are lovely. I am so looking forward to the Halloween, take my posterity there. The hayride and the cornfields maze.

Nothing new here otherwise, had some changes to the contract but nothing directly affecting me.  I cannot believe I've been a Unix admin for 20 years, or more.

It's really 1 year times 20.  LOL
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Re: DC area
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 03:48:40 pm »
Its awful hot and humid here too in NJ.  I hate this weather, my husband loves it.  I don't care, I stay cool inside.

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Re: DC area
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 04:23:30 pm »
Burnin up here in Ohio. 92 today. Summer's last hurrah, I hope.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 07:08:49 pm »
I wonder where the term Indian summer came from.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 08:43:32 pm »
I wonder where the term Indian summer came from.

Get woke. Wikipedia will set you free:

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An Indian summer is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in spring and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Indian summers are common in North America and Asia. The US National Weather Service defines this as weather conditions that are sunny and clear with above normal temperatures, occurring May 1st to Mid-June and late-September to mid-November.[1] It is usually described as occurring after a killing frost
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Although the exact origins of the term are uncertain,[4] it was perhaps so-called because it was first noted in regions inhabited by Native Americans ("Indians"), or because the Native Americans first described it to Europeans,[5] or it had been based on the warm and hazy conditions in autumn when Native Americans hunted.[4]

In literature and history, the term is sometimes used metaphorically. The title of Van Wyck Brooks' New England: Indian Summer (1940) suggests an era of inconsistency, infertility, and depleted capabilities, a period of seemingly robust strength that is only an imitation of an earlier season of actual strength.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2018, 01:48:00 pm »
I like Indian Summer.  It gives you one last taste of warm weather before the autumn temps take over.  Usually the lady bugs are all over the outside of my house trying to get in during that time.  Lots and lots of them.  They get in no matter what we do.  They find a little nook or cranny and hibernate all winter.  They're really unobtrusive and hide until Spring when they make their escape.  I don't mind them.  They're cute.  Stinkbugs are another thing.  I'm glad most of them got killed off last winter.

This weather feels like SC.  Its either in the 90's and humid or we get torrential rain.  The mosquitos are nasty this year.  I am so bit up I can't stand sitting outside.  They're hip to bug spray.  If I use it, they bite my face, head or the bottoms of my feet.  We have a lot of deer here and when I look at them outside trying to eat everything, their tails are swatting off the bugs constantly.

Weather-wise, this has been a tough year.

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Re: DC area
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 01:58:12 pm »
Ditto on the southern weather here, too.

Do your ladybugs bite? Around 2002, the indigenous ladybugs here in Ohio got completely squeezed out and replaced by these invasive !@&( Asian ladybugs which have a slight orange tint to the wings and which bite painfully and pinch when they land on you. The Asian bugs, of course, were imported into the US as a feature of trans national shipping. Thanks Wal-Mart and China!  >:(

It's weird how species get replaced so quickly. Riding my bike this summer I periodically came across several black or mostly black squirrels along the bike trail. The black squirrels I had seen before were only in Canada, Ottawa area years ago. I was told that the black squirrels are more aggressive and displace the grey native squirrels. I have no idea where they come from. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 03:30:16 pm »
My ladybugs definitely do not bite.  They're just cute.  I've never seen a black squirrel, but I've seen a beige one every now and then.  I think overall, the wildlife where I live has dwindled.  I live on the edge of a wildlife refuge and I see a shrinking of their environment.  I really don't know why, but we used to have lots of bumble bees and now we have a couple of them.

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 04:47:09 pm »
The black squirrels are dominant here as well, I've never seen one before. The stink bug infestation, they have no natural predators. What a nasty animal.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2018, 04:47:47 pm »
I'm really surprised you haven't run into this in NJ.

The biting variety are the "asian ladybeetles". I consider them a scourge. They bite. They land on you and you will feel a pinch. Never before experienced this with North American ladybugs.

https://pestid.msu.edu/insects-and-arthropods/multicolored-asian-ladybeetle/

https://www.pestwiki.com/asian-beetles-vs-ladybugs/

Black squirrels, apparently just the "black" version of grey squirrels -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_squirrel

Stink bugs became a huge thing here about 10 years ago. Never had them growing up.
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2018, 04:21:33 am »

I think the person who finds a way to deal with stink bugs will become a zillionaire, they are just a huge nuisance. They get into everything everywhere and are a huge locust-like swarm, the garage was full of them some years ago, OMG.

Nasty

Not particularly damaging just the psychological factor of having these beasts land on you and stink

I cannot believe there is no natural predator
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2018, 04:23:48 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNwHNYXSCGg

Fighting the Invasive Stinkbug | National Geographic
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2018, 02:42:47 pm »
I've seen the Asian Ladybeetle, but was never bitten by one.  They must like you.   ;D   The ladybugs rarely land on me, even if they're in the house.  I usually have to shoo some of them out in the Spring though.  I have a lot of plants all around the house.  I'm sure they like that.

Stink bugs are the worst.  A lot of them got killed off up here, but they're still around and in my house.  Down in DC, you don't have the bitter cold winters like we do sometimes.  I sometimes have a deep snow pack in my yard for months in the winter.  I hate that, but I'm thankful it keeps the Stink bug population low.

I've never seen a black squirrel.  We just have the gray ones and an occasional beige one.  Our squirrel population is kept under control by the foxes and hawks.  We have a real mean Red Fox.  He's a bad a$$.  I haven't seen a gopher in years since he moved into one of their holes.  I like him because he doesn't eat my garden, unlike the gophers, but he's too damn noisy at the wrong times.


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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2018, 06:54:24 pm »
Haven't seen the Asian lady buys but I see the regular ones all the time.

There have been black squirrels in Princeton the town and university forever.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/405306779889096/about/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_squirrel

I used to go to Princeton a lot because friends lived there. I would see them all the time. When I first saw them I couldnt believe it but they are indeed jet black. Other than being jet black they are still squirrels ;)  which means they are rats with furry tails.

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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2018, 06:57:03 pm »
For me black squirrels in this area are jarring to see.  They look extremely foreign to me, like something from another continent. It's sort of like seeing a native iguana running around in Ohio.
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