The most unusual precipitation.
That in addition to the usual rain, snow and hail fell from the sky in the XXI century.
People from different countries at all times reported unusual rains: colored water poured from the sky or some unexpected objects or even animals fell at all. Such stories could be considered legends, someone’s fantasy or a joke, but similar reports continue to arrive today. For example, recently in Australia it rained spiders, which there is a lot of evidence on the Internet. Scientists have long found a reasonable explanation for these strange phenomena. It is believed that a powerful wind current lifts and carries animals away from their usual environment, carries them over long distances.
We will tell you about the ten most unusual rains of recent times, which have received publicity in the media and have witnesses.
Silver and gold.
Everyone dreams of a money rain, and it does happen sometimes. On June 17, 1940, in the Nizhny Novgorod region, near the village of Meshchery, silver and gold coins of the XVI–XVII centuries fell from the sky — about 1000 pieces in total. It turned out that during a thunderstorm, a treasure trove of coins was washed away, a hurricane swept them into the air and, to the amazement and joy of local residents, threw them into the Meshcher district.
In 2005, in Serbia, in the village of Kacja Janovik, frogs fell from the sky. “Thousands of frogs came down on us with the rain,” Alexander Cyric, a local resident, said at the time. His neighbors testified to a huge gray cloud and wondered if the reptiles might have fallen out of some exploding plane. The ecologist Slavica Ignatovich found a simple explanation: “A strong vortex pulled the frogs near a lake or other body of water somewhere far away and brought them here, where they fell during the rain. This is a rare but well-known phenomenon.” In 2009, a rainstorm of frogs was reported in Japan.
several cities in Ishikawa Prefecture. In 2010, the frog rain fell in the city of Rakocifalva in Croatia.
In 2011, residents of the English city of Coventry complained of apple rain — hundreds of fruits fell from the sky. “It was so unexpected and incomprehensible that everyone just froze,” said one of the eyewitnesses of the events. Fortunately, no one was injured, although many cars were badly damaged. Meteorologists considered the hurricane wind to be the culprit. Some Britons also saw carrots and cabbages among the apples.
In the Indian state of Kerala in 2001, there was a blood-red rain. It lasted two months. Residents were scared and saw the colored rain as a bad sign. Scientists hurried to reassure the population: laboratory tests showed that the rain turned red because of the spores of the local lichen. In 2012, a bloody rain fell in Sri Lanka. Scientists note that red rain also occurs in areas of high acidity or due to dust storms.
Colored precipitation-although rare, but not an unprecedented phenomenon. In February of this year, orange snow fell in the Saratov region: it turned out that a cyclone that came from North Africa brought with it sand particles from the desert. In 2006, pink snow fell in Colorado, witnesses claim that it smelled like watermelon.
Birds falling dead from the sky are, of course, less surprising than marine life, but it all depends on the scale of such “rain”. In Arkansas, on New Year’s Eve 2011, thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky. There were especially many of them in the city of Bib. Ornithologists who examined the corpses of birds in laboratories, diagnosed the blackbirds with injuries — they died from a blow, but not on the ground, but as if they had collided with some objects.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that New Year’s firecrackers and fireworks are to blame. Another version was also expressed: that the birds were caught in a thundercloud and lost their way, and since they have poor eyesight, they began to run into houses, trees and fell, dying from their injuries. A few days later, a rain of dead jackdaws, crows and magpies hit the Swedish city of Falkoping — residents then found 10,000 dead birds.
In 2011, a fall of earthworms was reported in Scotland. They fell from the sky on the stadium of one of the schools, where a physical education class was just going on. Teacher David Crichton was forced to interrupt the lesson and send the children to shelter. Then the teacher and his students collected the worms for a long time to show them to their colleagues and scientists: in total, he found 120 worms within a radius of 92 m. City scientists put forward the idea that the worms were blown away by the wind, but on that day the weather was calm and clear, so there was no explanation for the phenomenon.
In 2007, Eleanor Beale, a police officer from Jennings, USA, also claimed that a ball of swarming worms had fallen from the sky.
Sardines and shrimps.
The fish shower in Honduras occurs annually at about the same time: between May and July. And in about the same place: not far from the city of Yoro. Sardines fall from the sky, which the locals are happy to collect. According to eyewitnesses, the phenomenon begins at five or six in the evening: a black cloud hangs over the ground, thunder thunders, lightning flashes, puddles are filled with fish.
This phenomenon was described in the Honduran folklore: “Where the fish rain will pass as a heavenly miracle”, – is sung in an old song. The fact of fish rains was confirmed by Christian missionaries at the beginning of the XVIII century and the scientist Alexander von Humboldt. Residents consider the sardine rain a miracle, which was begged for them by the Spanish Catholic missionary Jose Manuel Subiran in the middle of the XIX century. Scientists have their own explanation: strong winds and tornadoes bring fish from the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1998, the annual Fish Rain Festival has been held in Joro.
Isolated cases of seafood precipitation occur in other parts of the world. In May 2014, in Sri Lanka, there was a fish rain: residents collected 50 kg of catch, two years earlier, a shower of shrimp fell here. Fish rains were reported by Australians, Greeks, Britons, and farmers from southern Ethiopia: they were horrified when, during field work, “the heavens opened” and half-dead, convulsing fish fell out.
Precipitation from space.
Tornadoes, tornadoes and hurricanes bring people a lot of surprises: golf balls, nails, rubber galoshes, marbles, etc. But there are times when the wind has nothing to do with it. Meteorites, plane wreckage, and remnants of space debris fall from the sky… Since the fall of the first satellite in 1957, more than 20,000 objects from space have fallen to Earth: on average, about 400 such debris falls per year. The latest incident occurred in the suburbs of Chita in April this year: a mysterious object fell from the sky and exploded, scaring eyewitnesses. After checking, it turned out that it was a military device, and not a UFO, as the locals thought.