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      Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

      MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces, and leave behind a slimy mess.

      The National Weather Service in La Crosse captured a massive swarm on radar last Sunday night as flies emerged from the river to mate and drifted north with the wind.

      The radar loop shows yellow spots directly over the river as flies that hatched last year emerge from the water. The swarm morphs into a green band as it drifts north, and blue dots as the flies disperse.

      A second, smaller swarm recorded Thursday night appears as a green band that explodes like fireworks into blue dots.

      National Weather Service spokesman Dan Baumgardt says the radar captures energy reflecting off the bugs.

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