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Humongous Hatch! Radar Showing Billions Of Fishflies Over Lake Erie Goes Viral

July 11, 2019 - 10:52 am
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(WWJ) Ick times a billion. Actually, more. 

Weather radar from early this month showing the ascent and downwind drift of several billion fishflies over western Lake Erie has gone viral.

While the annual influx of bugs is nothing new, the sheer size of the hatch is an astonishing sight from this angle. 

"We can see that sometimes. It can be birds, it can be bats, it can be flies; they will show up sometimes on weather radar," said AccuWeather Meterologist Brian Thompson, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950 Thursday.

Thompson said these massive hatches been spotted on radar over Lake St. Clair as well. "So we're seeing this really in the last week or so."

Rick Southerland, who's lived in St. Clair Shores his whole life, said he's basically used to the fishflies.

"Every year they're here and then they're gone," he told WWJ's Mike Campbell. "One thing: they don't bite and they don't mess with my garden."

Crunching dead bugs underfoot at she entered a 7-Eleven on Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores resident Katie White said, "It doesn't bother me too much. I think it's been worse in the past."

Campbell reported sign on the store was covered in fishflies. "Even the inside of the store has fishflies on the lights and in some coolers," Campbell said. "It's kind of creepy, but Tavier the manager there says hey, you just deal with it. He deals with it with a vacuum, sucking them from the ceiling."

Meanwhile, social media continues to flood with photos of the bugs, both dead and alive, blanketing everything from walls and windows to cars and the ground itself in Michigan and Ohio. Here are a few, if you can stand to look.