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Stink Bugs: Invaders from The North

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) --  They're here, especially those suburbs north of Washington closer to Pennsylvania.  I'm talking about 'Stink Bugs'. 

First noticed in the Allentown, Pennsylvania region in the late 1990s, these Asian natives probably hitched a ride on a shipping container.   They have been spreading out ever since and their numbers are also increasing. 

Web Link: Dr. Raupp's Bug Of The Week

University of Maryland Entomologist Mike Raupp has been tracking these pesky bugs.  They've been eating crops and even some trees bark.  There is very little they won't eat except for people and animals.  Also, they have no natural predators in North America, so their growth has gone unchecked.

When the weather turns cold, they'll start coming indoors and that could mean an infestation of 'Stink Bugs' in your home.

Hail from Seemingly Sunny Skies

In Leesburg, it's forecast to be very warm and partly cloudy today. And it has been . . . all day.

But this afternoon, the weather took about an abrupt about-face. Within about ten minutes, the skies went from blue to gray to hailing. Strong winds blew, and hail—big pieces of hail—flew from both directions, pinging loudly on windows and roofs.

And now, the skies are clearing. Hopefully, our blue skies will be back before we know it.

Drought Watch: Dramatic Effects on Agriculture and River Levels

Leesburg, Va. (WUSA) The drought watch issued for the Washington metro region is best illustrated by conditions on area farms and by a visit to the Potomac River upstream from Washington.

On John Whitmore's farm north of Leesburg, an entire crop of sweet corn is a total loss. "Its not just dramatic to look at, its a significant financial hit," Whitmore said, noting his planting costs were about $10,000.

Corn that would normally tower high above Whitmore's head is now withered and only knee high.

Whitmore's continues to operate his popular Farmer John's Fruit and Vegetable Market on Rt. 15 selling vegetables from fields that are irrigated. Unfortunately, his corn is not on a water system.

The governors of Virginia and Maryland have both begun the process of seeking federal disaster assistance for crop losses.