A fish fall has reportedly occurred with a rain in Sri Lanka. The explanation is the same as always, one that leaves me a bit cold.
Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a total weight of 50kg (110lbs).
It is not the first such incident in Sri Lanka – in 2012, a case of “prawn rain” was recorded in the south.
The given explanation by the BBC meteorologist was a tornado:
Complex meteorological processes result in a rapidly rotating column of air spinning out of the base of storm clouds, often causing huge damage and acting like vacuum cleaners, sucking up any material in their path.
The witnesses reported the fish fell with rain onto rooftops. There is no proof of this. Also, the idea of a tornado acting like a vacuum seems a bit off. It rips and throws things, not sucks them up. These are pretty large animals (I know tornadoes and cows and all…). And they are alive. I’m skeptical of this story and would really prefer a less just-so explanation for fish falls. Or better, would like to see it demonstrated. I’ve yet to see them fall. The best we have are reports that they appear on roofs and in gutters. I need a bit more, this is really weird stuff.
One story was posted to YouTube in March of 2013 where salt water fish reported fell without rain. In December of 2012, there were multiple reports of fish and shrimp/prawn falls. Well, something is going on in Sri Lanka. These are rather commonplace there.
Tip: Marcus Sprenkel