Raining Cats and Frogs?
Okay, so it may not be raining cats but it definitely rains frogs occasionally and it’s been reported all over the world. You may have seen it rain frogs on such TV shows as The X-Files. The most likely explanation made by meteorologists is that a near-by wind storm sucked them up and after moving them many miles, spits them back out again. You decide for yourself where these little guys come from.
In the summer of 1926, a young caddie at a local golf course recorded this “frog fall”. here had been a drought that summer and the fairways were brown and dried up. One afternoon, a sudden storm came up and a terrific thunderstorm followed. Rain came down in torrents and with it frogs about the size of nickels. They were alive and jumping and there were thousands of them. The golfers and the young man couldn’t believe their eyes as they watched thousands of frogs rain down from the sky.
W.A. Walker, Evansville Indiana (Camden, Arkansas News 1-2-1973.
“I was raised on a farm in Minnesota, and as a boy, I remember a storm coming up. It looked serious, so we ran to the cellar. Afterwards we went outside and saw our chickens eating tiny frogs and fishes!”
F.J. McManus, Laguna Beach, California
“About 35 years ago while I was driving through a thunderstorm near Hershey,Pennsylvania, dozens of tiny frogs came down and pelted the hood of my automobile.”
D.F. Garner, Baltimore, Maryland
According to the July 27th, 1981 Bedfordshire Times (Bedford, UK), a Mrs. Vida McWilliam of Bedford found her garden hopping with little frogs after a rain storm. Mrs. McWilliam wrote:
“I can’t remember the exact date but it was June of 1979. One Sunday we had a really wet day, rain lashing down and very windy! It was damp and humid the next day as well. On my patio, near the caged area for my cat, I noticed what looked like half-grown tadpoles. To my surprise, there were little green frogs everywhere! It must have rained frogs that Sunday! Later in the week my granddaughter and I went down to the garden to cut the lawn and it was amazing! The grass was covered in little green frogs and on the bushes hung spawn. We collected up the frogs and took them to the garden. All summer my grandchildren and I carefully watched them as they made a home under the potting shed. I’m afraid last year, (1980) we only had three left but they had grown to full size.”
Frog Taken to Pond (Photo credit: garlandcannon)
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