Singapore recorded a fish rain on February 22, 1861(Photo: Wiki Creative Commons)

It Rained Fish on Oroville Elementary School, Baffling Phenomenon Explained

An elementary school in Oroville, US, was found covered with a huge dump of dead fish on Tuesday raising concerns whether it was a prank but experts clarified that it was possible that thunderstorms might have rained the fish on the school.

The officials found the fish all over the playground, in drinking fountains and even on the roof. Since the school was under cover always, the principal ruled out any prank by adults.

“My first concern was who was on the campus that we don’t know about,” said Principal Shannon Capshew. “But the campus supes didn’t see any adult, we were covering the whole time.”

Thunderstorms and wind spouts can sometimes pick up small fish from a waterway and carry them elsewhere, far from waterways and history is replete with many instances.

In 1970, the Discovery Channel recorded the fish rain, that too live fish falling from the sky and the video taken live in Yoro, Honduras, called locally “Lluvia de Peces”.

Last year, the live fish rain fell closer home in the Gollamudi village of Nandigama Mandal near Vijayawada in southern India. Taken aback initially, the villagers soon rushed to collect fish from waterlogged fields.

Though explanation for the strange phenomenon still lacks authenticity, experts attribute it to displacement of fish from the ponds and rivers nearby, caused by heavy rain and wind.

The earliest record of a rain of fish was recorded in Singapore in 1861, when three days of torrential rain poured fish. Prior to that in 1794, French soldiers witnessed toads falling from the sky at Lalain, near the French city of Lille.

Here is a full list of such fish rain in history:

Singapore, February 22, 1861
Madhesh, Nepal, May 15, 1900
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, July 1, 1903
Marksville, Louisiana, October 23, 1947
Kerala, India, February 12, 2008
Bhanwad, Jamnagar, India, Oct 24, 2009
Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25 and 26, 2010,
Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, January 13, 2012
IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Sep 12, 2013
Every Summer called Lluvia de Peces in Yoro, Honduras
Chilaw, Sri Lanka, 6 May 2014,
Nandigama, southern India, 19 June 2015.

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