Fish fall from sky onto astonished passersby in rare 'animal rain' weather phenomenon


[05-01-2022 10:29 AM]

Ammon News - Residents in a city in the US state of Texas were left in a state of shock after fish were seen falling from the sky onto the street in a rare phenomenon known as ‘animal rain’

An unusual phenomenon was seen in the US state of Texas as locals witnessed fish falling from the sky.

Residents in the city of Texarkana were left shocked when small fishes appeared to come from the sky as the city is hours away from any water.

The strange incident prompted the official Facebook page of the City of Texarkana to reach out to its people to tell them about the phenomenon, known as “animal rain”.

Writing on Facebook, the City of Texarkana said: “2021 is pulling out all the tricks… including raining fish in Texarkana today. And no, this isn’t a joke.

Animal rain is a phenomenon that occurs when small water animals like frogs, crabs, and small fish are swept up in waterspouts or drafts that occur on the surface of the earth. They are then rained down at the same time as the rain.

“While it’s uncommon, it happens, as evidenced in several places in Texarkana today.

Reports of fish falling from the sky first started in December last year as people noticed tiny ones on the floor in the city and hitting some cars too.

Some even joked about the fact that spoof horror movie Sharknado might not be entirely as far fetched as first thought.

Many other locals also made jokes of fish they had gone out and caught while pretending these large species of fish came from the sky.

Speaking to CNN, resident Janie Tucker claimed to have found a lot of pieces of fish across her yard and said: “I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know when it happened. I’ve never seen it before."

On Facebook, one user said: “I've heard of raining cats and dogs but aquatic sea creatures is a new one.”

While another, who posted a fish, said: “Summerhill Road today right when it happened. A whole lot more too! It was definitely something I would have not believed if I didn’t see it for my own eyes!”

According to National Geographic “Animal rain” is a real thing but many reports remain unproven.

They said: “Strong winds called updrafts can also sweep up animals. Frogs, bats, jellies, worms, locusts, birds, crabs, snakes, and fish are some of the animals reported to have "rained down" on communities all over the world.”

*dailystar




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