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Spiders Rain From The Sky? Sorry, No.

Jun 09, 2015

We can do most anything, but we can’t do that. (With apologies to Meatloaf)


The news caught my eye earlier this week as headlines blared about spiders raining down from the sky in Goulburn NSW, Australia, about 200 km southwest from Sidney. My first thought of course is can Temperature@lert help with that? The short answer is no, we can’t do that. But we can do a lot of other things.


Temperature@lert has a Cellular Edition customer that travels around the US in their motorhome with three macaws, following the NHRA drag racing circuit and monitoring their motorhome’s temperature while away to keep an eye on their pet’s safety. We can keep you from cooking your own goose, but we can’t keep spiders from raining down on you.



We can keep this macaw family member safe during his travels in the family’s RV, but we can’t keep spiders from raining down and covering your trees, grass and house.


We monitor the temperature of animal transport trailers for a big cat rescue organization to help keep the occupants safe by alerting the driver when the air conditioner kicks off. But we can’t keep spiders from raining down from the sky, even with lions and tigers and bears at our beck and call. (Okay, not bears, I made that part up.)


Crime labs depend on us to protect their evidence with our ZPoint wireless sensor, ensuring that evidence is not compromised and results are scientifically sound and criminals are kept off the streets. But protecting folks when millions of tiny spiders take flight during their annual migration and rain down on their property? No, we can’t do that.


 


Our customers monitor forensic evidence in crime labs but we can’t help with millions of tiny spiders raining down on your yard.


We monitor concrete temperature as it sets during tunnel construction to insure the finished tunnel’s structure meets specifications and does not fail before its rated life. Yes, even though we keep the earth from collapsing a tunnel, we do not have a solution when spiders parachute by the thousands from the sky. We still can’t do that.



We monitor concrete while it's curing to make sure tunnels, bridges and buildings are safe, but we can’t keep your yard spider free when the little creatures decide to take flight.


Why all the worry about spiders raining down from the sky? Recently Australia experienced such an episode when millions of young spiders migrate by “ballooning”, casting webs into the air that act like a parachute and lift them airborne. It turns out that this phenomenon is not new or unique, it happens regularly around the world. And if you think you’re safe in the US you are mistaken. Texas was the last state to report such an outbreak.


Spider rain happens when tiny newborn spiders decide to take flight to find a new home. This happens all the time but when they all decide to do so at once, the effect is dramatic. The little critters stand on the tips of their tiny legs and shoot a thread into the air. If the wind is strong enough the thread acts like a parasail and takes the spider airborne, delivering it to it’s new home. All I can say is I’m glad tarantulas don’t exhibit this behavior.



A search for “spider ballooning” on YouTube can lead to several interesting videos describing the phenomenon of “spider rain”.


In the mean time, one last image of Australia’s spider rain for those who want another thing to worry about. And if you find that spider rain is becoming a global nuisance, just drop us a line and maybe we’ll see if we can do something about it. In the meanwhile, you may be well served to carry an umbrella in Australia, rain or shine.



Link to Image Source and Spider Rain Article

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