A strange occurrence happened recently in Texarkana, a city on the border of Texas and Arkansas. During a rainstorm, fish were seen falling from the sky.
This is truly strange since it normally rains cats and dogs. Although fish are more accustomed to the water, I guess.
Even though it is an odd occurrence, this is not even close to the first time it has ever happened. Over the years, fish, frogs, bats, snakes, birds and more have been reported to fall from the sky.
According to National Geographic, animal rain occurs when small animals get swept up in waterspouts, which form when storm clouds swirl to create a tornado-like column of moving, cloud-filled wind over a body of water. The waterspouts can form over everything from ponds to lakes to oceans.
A Library of Congress report says a common misconception about waterspouts is that they “rise out of the sea,” when in reality they form in the air, then come down to the surface of a body of water.
Once a waterspout is considered a “mature storm,” it creates a vortex that can suck air, water and objects into the storm.
One car dealership employee, James Audirsch, described the scene:
“There was a loud crack of thunder and when we opened up the bay door. I looked outside and it was raining real hard and a fish hit the ground, and then I said, ‘It’s raining fish!’ Brad was like, ‘No it’s not,’ and I’m like, ‘No, it really is!’ and fish were droppin’ here and everywhere.”
Some of the fish were noted to be as large as 4-5 inches long and appeared to be white bass, according to Audirsch.
According to the Library of Congress, “animal rain” has been reported for hundreds of years, and used to be dismissed by scientists as a fable. However, with the advent of cell phones and video cameras, individuals who witnessed animal rain were more capable of proving their claims, as many residents of Texarkana did by recording it with their cell phones.