A 'Fishy' Downpour In Australia

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Last week, residents of the remote town of Lajamanu in Northern Australia, were treated to an unusual downpour - hundreds of small Spangled Perch falling from the skies!

Since the nearest river is 326 miles away, nobody is sure how the fish made it all the way to this remote desert town of less than 700 people. However, meteorologists have a theory. They believe that the small fish got sucked up by the thunderstorms, which carried them up 40,000 to 50,000 feet. At these altitudes, the small fish froze inside the clouds and got blown inland by the strong winds, where they finally precipitated as 'rain'.

While some of the residents were surprised at this unusual event, others took it in stride - after all they have seen this twice before - in 1974 and 2004.

This is not the first time people have reported unusual gifts from the heavens. A 1940 tornado in Russia resulted in a shower of coins while in 1857, Lake County residents reported a downpour of sugar crystals!

And that's not all - In 1969, it rained golf balls in the town of Punta Gorda in Florida and blackbirds and pigeons for two straight days in San Luis Obispo,California. Also, it was just last June when Japan reported a tadpole downpour! Have you seen any unusual 'rain'? If so be sure to add your comments below.

sources: accuweather.com, thesun.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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  • Animal Loverabout 5 years
    cool. wish i had a rain of money $
    • Jackcepticeyeover 7 years
      It isn't a mystery a water spout would create suction causing many things including fish to be circled up through a cyclone and then thrown out at rapid rates Ha Ha Ha
      • Gagealmost 8 years
        • mooalmost 8 years
          no it didnt
        • jover 8 years
          one time it rained money!
        • lchen
          lchenover 8 years
          • crystalmori
            crystalmoriover 8 years
            That's really interesting! Random objects raining from the skies would be crazy enough, but the fact that in each of these cases, only one object/type of object was affected, that just makes it even more mysterious! I wonder if the weight, size and material affected it that much to limit it to one type of object? What do you think might be the cause? I can't wait to hear everyone's theories. :D
            • animefan3
              animefan3over 8 years
              What have fish did to us noting
              • animefan3
                animefan3over 8 years
                Those fishes are dead:(
              • diamondkid
                diamondkidover 8 years
                Oh no.