Periodical cicada Brood X (10) will emerge in 15 states in 2021 Cicada Mania
The seventeen year cycle of Brood X cicadas is climaxing later this year.

Much of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. can expect to see and hear the insects for about six weeks.

Typically beginning in mid-May and ending in late June. These cicadas will begin to emerge approximately when the soil 8″ beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A nice, warm rain will often trigger an emergence. Back in 2004, people began reporting emergences around May, 13th.

A brief preview in 2017

Four years ago “brood X stragglers” appeared in some areas, including Alexandria. They were considerably more limited than 2004.

The last major emergence

If you can’t recall the last time Brood X arrived en masse in 2004, here is some perspective:

  • Washington, D.C. did not have a baseball team and Montreal did.
  • NPR had just run Bob Edwards off Morning Edition for some reason.
  • Some Harvard dweeb was just starting a hot or not web site.
  • Dan Snyder, put his meddling, unsuccessful start as Redskins owner behind him and brought back Joe Gibbs, ensuring stability, respectability and success for the long-term.
  • The last ever Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith, was still a year away.
  • The two worst teams in the NHL were the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Spider-Man 2 debuted.
  • Some Penn State alum in Pentagon City had started blogging.
  • Float On, Take Me Out and All These Things I Have Done charted. Unfortunately, so did Let’s Get it Started and The Reason.
  • DC United was on their way to an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup.
  • The original Woodrow Wilson Bridge was still in service.
  • The Boston Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series in 86 years.
  • Blockbuster Video had 9,000 locations
  • Ray Charles, Christopher Reeve and Ronald Reagan were still alive.
  • Foggy Bottom Ale was DC’s “hometown” beer
  • WMATA’s Silver Line was not approved yet.
  • You could attend a sporting event and not hear Seven Nation Army
  • You could attend a sporting event

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