Unusual Rains in the World
It was a cloudy morning in Ashar in Bangla calendar. People were preparing themselves to get busy in daily activities – students were going to the schools, men were getting ready for outdoor works, women were busy preparing breakfasts and other household chores. Suddenly a lightning signals the possibility of rain and within a few minutes it started bucketing down. People were surprised because hundreds and thousands of small green frogs suddenly appeared in the area! And they are falling from the sky. Weighing just a few ounces each, the frogs landed in trees and plopped into the streets. This weird raining happened in Naphlion, a city in southern Greece. It was in 1981.
Weird rain is one of the most bizarre – and still largely unexplained – phenomena that is periodically (yet continually) reported from all corners of the globe. There have been accounts of frog rain, fish rain, squid rain, worm rain, even alligator rain. The logical explanation for the odd occurrences is that a tornado or strong whirlwind picked up the animals from a shallow body of water and carried them – sometimes for hundreds of miles – before dropping them on a bewildered populace. The Greek Meteorological Institute concluded the event of frog-rain in Naphlion that the frogs were picked up by a strong wind. The species of frog was native to North Africa!
Here are some of the more unusual cases – a small sampling from thousands of reports over the years – that defy all rational explanation.
In 1873, Scientific American reported that Kansas City, Missouri was blanketed with frogs that dropped from the sky during a storm. Minneapolis, Minnesota was pelted with frogs and toads in July, 1901. A news item then stated: “When the storm was at its highest… there appeared as if descending directly from the sky a huge green mass. Then followed a peculiar patter, unlike that of rain or hail. When the storm abated the people found, three inches deep and covering an area of more than four blocks, a collection of a most striking variety of frogs… so thick in some places [that] travel was impossible.”
A powerful whirlwind might explain a rain of small fish, but it cannot account for the ones that fell on a village in India. As many as 10 people reported picking up fish that weighed as much as eight pounds that had come crashing down on them.
In February, 1861, folks in many areas of Singapore reported a rain of fish following an earthquake. The scientists failed to correlate these two events and probably they can’t explain the following incidents too. In 1966, Father Leonard Bourne was dashing through a downpour across a courtyard in North Sydney, Australia, when a large fish fell from the sky and landed on his shoulder. The priest nearly caught it as it slid down his chest, but it squirmed away, fell to the flooded ground and swam away. In 1989, in Ipswich, Australia, Harold and Degen’s front lawn was covered with about 800 “sardines” that rained from above during a light shower.
Maybe the most unusual rain took place in Alabama. In an otherwise clear sky in Chilatchee, Alabama in 1956, a woman and her husband watched as a small dark cloud formed in the sky. When it was overhead, the cloud released its contents: rain, catfish, bass and bream – all of the fish alive. The dark cloud had turned to white, and then dispersed.
FLESH AND BLOOD
In 1890, Popular Science News reported that blood rained down on Messignadi, Calabria in Italy – bird’s blood. It was speculated that the birds were somehow torn apart by violent winds, although there were no such winds at the time. And no other parts of the bird came down – just blood. On the other hand the American Journal of Science confirmed a shower of blood, fat and muscle tissue that fell on a tobacco farm near Lebanon, Tennessee in August, 1841. Field workers, who actually experienced this weird shower, said they heard a rattling noise and saw “drops of blood, as they supposed…fell from a red cloud which was flying over.”
On May 28, 1982, a young girl saw a 50-pence coin fall from nowhere while she was walking through St. Elisabeth’s church yard in Redding, a small town near Manchester England. As the day wore on, other children found coins in the same location. When these tales circulated, a local candy store owner who’d been swamped by coin-bearing children all morning, became concerned that the children were stealing the coins from the church’s poor box. He contacted the Reverend of the church immediately, but no money was missing. What’s more, when questioned, the children all swore that the money had fallen from the sky.
There have been other rains of money reported in Meshehera, Russia in 1940; in Bristol, England in 1956; in Bourges, France in 1957 (thousands of 1,000 franc notes rained on a crowd); and Limburg, West Germany in 1976.
PURPLE BLOBS OR STAR JELLY
Imagine finding jelly-like purple blobs in your yard some morning. This is what happened in 1979 to Mrs. Christian who lived in Frisco, Texas. On August 10, there was a bright light over the city. The next day, she found three purple blobs on her lawn. One dissolved, but the other two were sent away to be analyzed. Chemical reports could not clearly determine the origin of the blobs but concluded that they were similar to waste from a battery factory. Other reports refuted that information, so the jury is still out on the composition of the purple blobs. Such blobs are often called “star jelly.”
In 1881, a thunderstorm in Worcester, England, brought down tons of periwinkles and hermit crabs.
In November, 1996, a town in southern Tasmania was slimed! Several residents woke up on a Sunday morning after a night of violent thunderstorms to find a strange, white-clear jelly-like substance on their property. Apparently, it had rained either fish eggs or baby jellyfish.
In July, 2001, a red rain fell on Kerala, India. At first it was thought that a meteor was responsible for the strange-colored rain, but an analysis showed that the water was filled with fungal spores.
In 1877, several one-foot-long alligators fell on J. L. Smith’s farm in South Carolina. They landed, unharmed, and started crawling around, reported The New York Times.
What accounts for these strange rains? No one knows, but there are many explanations.
One is that these objects are carried from funnels, tornados, whirlwinds or waterspouts, and of course objects can be picked up and carried in this manner, but the problem with this theory is the selectivity factor. How would a tornado pick up only one type of fish and cart it somewhere? Why nothing else? Tornados are known to drop everything they pick up.
Then if waterspouts, tornadoes, and whirlwinds aren’t responsible, then how are these objects transported? Some people have attributed strange rains to aliens. Morris K. Jessup, UFO writer and enthusiast, believes that strange rains are the product of alien waste. He claims that aliens collect and raise earth creatures in special tanks, and occasionally empty these tanks for cleaning or for some other reason.
Other hypothesis includes teleportation, and electromagnetic fields, but like the other hypothesis, none have been put to the test, and scientists remain baffled.
Source : Internet