Dallas Is Covered in Spider Webs

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It's probably been a while since you read Charlotte's Web. Maybe a few details from the spider-hatching scene have slipped your mind. If so, here's a refresher.

One fine morning, a tiny spider crawled from the sac. Then another, and another. They were no bigger than the head of a pin. For several days and nights young spiders crawled here and there, up and down, around and about, waving at Wilbur, trailing tiny draglines behind them and exploring their home. There were dozens and dozens of them. Wilbur couldn't count them, but he knew that he had a great many new friends. They grew quite rapidly. Soon each was as big as a BB shot. They made tiny webs next to the sac.

The technique employed by Charlotte's offspring is called ballooning, and it's how a bunch of recent spider hatchlings in Dallas have been leaving their nests over the past several hours. People have noticed.

Here's how someone described it on Reddit:

I'm in Irving, but work in Dallas. Last evening and this morning the air smelled of plastic fumes. On my drive to work, I kept seeing this silky substance clinging to powerlines and street poles. It's pretty heavy in the sky way up (maybe 1,000+ft up) as well! My coworker from Carrollton said she saw it there as well! Making for one creepy Wednesday...

National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh told The Dallas Morning News that he's fielded a handful of calls from perplexed North Texans this morning but that there's no reason to be alarmed:

"Spiders move from tree to tree, or building to building, by sending out strands of webs into the air in order to catch a current. But the winds are so light they're not going anywhere. They keep shooting out webs, and the wind's not carrying them anywhere. So they do it over and over and over again, and it builds up."

Maybe. Our money's on something having to do with Skynet.

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mfirebrand1
mfirebrand1

Looks like a chem web attack.  Smells like plastic?  Somebody get a sample and put it under a scope.  Check with Carnicom institute. 

tdkisok
tdkisok

Looks like the end of a Peter North movie.....

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Anything that gets a John Goodman Arachnophobia reference is ok in my book.

Catbird
Catbird

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org

The link is to a group that claims that a secret weather modification project is responsible for the filaments we see that we used to believe were these sort of natural phenomena.

Spiders hang gliding from tree to tree seems at least as believable...but then again, where is their web-site? 

josuealva11
josuealva11

Someone call John Goodman, Arachnophobia was not just a movie.

josuealva11
josuealva11

Someone call John Goodman, Arachnophobia wasn't just a movie.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Isn't this just some sort of Halloween promotion?

DJ_K_OS
DJ_K_OS

I noticed webs all over the Woodall Rodgers / 35E interchange, hanging from the concrete columns.  Any sign that I am actually conscious during my commute to work is a good thing, and I think this counts.

TLS1
TLS1

Thank you so much for this!  I've seen webs clinging to school buses and cars all morning and thought what the hell?  

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