Let’s ask this question first, what’s the weather today? Whatever it is — be it sunny, rainy, foggy or the like, no one would ever say its “bloody.” Like seriously! As unpredictable as the weather might be, we generally expect it to fall within a certain range of events. As usual, it seems nature isn’t downright for our predictions. Here are four of the weirdest weather phenomena ever. It begins with bloody rain.
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#1. Blood Rain
This is really weird, but it seems blood rain has occurred long enough to have its recognition on Wikipedia. In 2001, there was real life event when when a red shower fell over the Indian state of Kerala. That sounds like the biblical plague of God on the Egyptians coming back to haunt us today. No worries. However, this event was reported as an alien invasion, no wonder; but later analysis performed by scientists confirmed that a red algae bloom was the cause of all that bloody precipitation.
#2. Raining Animals
Raining cats and dogs seem like a usual idiom to describe how its raining. But what if its raining frogs and birds and fish, literally. It seems this is rare in the United Kingdom: In 1996, a shower of frogs hit Llandewi, Wales, and in 1998, it happened again in London; and in 2010, Arkansas was hit by a flock of blackbirds, with something similar happening to a flock of Italian doves the following year.
But the weirdest of them all has been Honduras’ Lluvia de Peces. Each year around May or June, there is a celebration of a storm that leaves thousands of fish flopping in the village of Yoro. Like seriously! Scientists aren’t really sure what causes these animal storms, (there aren’t any paranormal theories, though). But the most compelling scientific theory claims that tornadoes and other storms might be responsible for whipping up animals into the sky and raining ‘em down.
Tornadoes are terrible. But a “bugnado” is exactly what it sounds like: a whirling column of bugs — a tornado of bugs. These winds don’t even reach speeds that could do significant damage, (other than having to run through it is really depressing afterwards). They are quite similar to dust devils, which happen as a result of swirling winds pushing hot spots on the ground upwards in a vortex. Its just that these devils (bugnadoes) are full of living creatures.
#4. Raining Star Jelly
Last on the weird rain list is, raining jelly. A storm of a gelatinous blob-like substance happened over a little town in Washington in 1994. This weird thing was taken to Washington State Department of Ecology for analyses, and they found these blobs were cellular and couldn’t determine what it really was. It was alleged to be a jellyfishes that were blown up by bombing drills over the ocean. Like how weird could that be the case? Super weird!
One possible conspiracy was the medieval mysterious substance: star jelly. Tales about the stuff dates back in the 14th century, and was believed to be space debris of meteor showers. Like huh? We made it to space, too. Obviously, that’s not true. Nor the fact that it was a gelatinous stuff that had an effective topical solution for abscesses by 14th-century scholar John Gaddesdon. However, star jelly is real and it’s definitely gross.
Beware of the weather, anyway.
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Wed, Jul 29, 2020.