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Besides fish, frogs and toads are a common animal to rain down in an anomalous shower. Witnesses describe what they first believe are balls of mud falling along with the rain only to be surprised that the blobs are alive. While it is possible that populations of amphibians are flushed out of hiding places during a heavy rainstorm to suddenly cover the ground, there are too many accounts of falling frogs (among other animals and material) to use that explanation in all cases. Whirlwinds and waterspouts might have picked up the animals and transported them through the air sustained by strong updrafts of air. But, why only one kind of animal in such large numbers? It’s still a meteorological mystery.
- Sharon Hill (Scientist)
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