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NO CATS OR DOGS, BUT IT RAINED FISH THIS WEEK IN MEXICO
Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Are sharknados real? Probably not, and we reckon that's probably good. But fishnados are indeed a thing. Civil defence officials in northeast Mexico said, rather nonchalantly, that a "light rain" brought with it small fish that tumbled down from the sky. That's right: the coastal city of Tampico will now be forever known as the place where a fishnado touched down.

While it sounds unlikely, fish rain is a real phenomenon.

According to the U.S. Library of Congress, scientists believe that waterspouts could be responsible for sucking fish into the air, where they blow about until they are released to the ground at some time later.

Dr. Randy Cerveny from Arizona State University spoke of the phenomenon in his book "Freaks of the Storm," notes senior weather.com meteorologist Jon Erdman.

"Observational evidence...of a waterspout lifting fish out of water and depositing them elsewhere date as early as 1889," Cerveny wrote. "Even today, the odd selectivity of fish falls remains a difficult aspect to explain scientifically," he noted.

There have been other documented cases of strange creatures "raining" down from the sky.
In 2004, fish rained down on the Welsh town of Knighton, the BBC reported, and in 2009 "clouds of dead tadpoles" dropped over several days on cities in Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture.

Newsweek reports that Sri Lanka experienced both a "prawn rain" in 2012 and a downpour of fish in the district of Chilaw two years later. An estimated 110 pounds of fish were collected in the wake of the later storm.
 - Source: IFL SCIENCE.COM - & WEATHER.COM



The great Bolivian fish flood of 1984.

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