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Raining Cats and Dogs? No, Just Fish

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However, some occurrences of falling objects cannot as easily be explained by this theory. The phenomena of raining stones, for example, has been known to last for several days or even weeks, and with rocks too large to be carried long distances in the wind. In Medieval times, such bizarre phenomena were attributed to goblins, brownies or stone-throwing demons.

Scientists have admitted that they really do not have a definitive answer for the strange phenomenon of raining stones. Over the years, many theories have been proposed from poltergeist activity to supernatural beings, gangs of stone-throwers, volcanoes, meteorites, tornadoes, and even divine retribution, as seen in the reference (Joshua 10:11): “the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them until Azekah, and they died.”

As with many unusual and unexplained phenomena, scientists and academics have been reluctant to examine the subject in any rigorous manner. Presumably, examining the nature of the rocks and whether they are local to the area in which they fall or from further afield, including from outerspace, could help to at least shed some light on mystery. Until then, we are left with mere speculations as to what causes this bizarre phenomenon.

Top image: An illustration of raining fish. Credit: Amberjack

By April Holloway


The updraft at the center of a hurricane, especially a powerful one, would be more than enough to draw small creatures and inanimate objects up into the eye, and deposit them possibly hundreds of miles from where they originated. Rocks, however are a different story entirely due to their mass.

Living, as I do, within several kilometers of an active volcano, I am familiar with tiny particles of volcanic glass which rain down on the area during certain types of volcanic emissions. Larger rocks are ejected during times of increased activity, but normally travel no further than several hundred meters from the caldera.

R. Lee Bowers

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