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Weather talk: Don’t blame meteorologists for the mosquitoes

Please don’t blame the meteorologists for the mosquitoes. While it is true that rainy summers bring more mosquitoes and dry summers bring fewer, the relationship between heavy rainfall and mosquitoes is not really so direct. It is important to realize that the rain is merely the catalyst, and not the cause. The problem here is the flat terrain and clay soil, which cause large puddles to form easily during periods of wet weather. There are many other places in the world with more hills and sandier soil that get a lot more rain than we do and still have much less of a mosquito problem. If you need some sort of scientist to persecute, may I suggest the geologists. After all, they are the terrain and soil experts. Or maybe you could blame the entomologists. They are the ones who study the actual mosquitoes. But leave the meteorologists out of this one, please. We’re having enough trouble just with the weather.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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