Weather forecasts are crazy good now. Also, a little arrogant. Accuweather just cheerfully offered up the information that two months from today will be overcast and cool, with a possible afternoon thundershower. There’s a lot you can find out. I can check the forecast on a minute-to-minute basis. I also like checking out weather in other places, which is how I discovered a San Francisco forecast for “aggressive morning drizzle.” People think our own common winter prediction of “sun breaks” is funny. There’s a pollen count. A mold index. There’s–what’s this? An outdoor pest forecast and an indoor pest forecast? Really?
|Indoor, but not a pest|
The Indoor Pest Forecast became less of a mystery with the following notice: “The weather is favorable for a moderate level of indoor pest activity such as ants and cockroaches. Plan insect control products accordingly.” At the bottom of the forecast in small letters it says “In partnership with SCJohnson and RAID.” I guess you read the forecast to know when to line up your sprays and bombs. Otherwise they can stay under the sink and threaten visiting children.
|My collard greens|
But that’s mostly not what an outside pest forecast is about. There’s a forecast for corn rootworm, black cutworm, corn earworm, alfalfa weevil, soybean aphid, and Western bean cutworm. There is a cucurbit downy mildew forecast. A Fusarium Head Blight prediction center. This is important for farmers looking to economize on poison purchases. I scan through these data bits with mild, but not personal concern, the way I read about monsoons in the Philippines or tornadoes in a trailer park. Until I came across the Blueberry Maggot.