HAY! It’s raining

People in several locations over a few days in the U.K. report clumps of hay swirling in the sky and falling over villages.

Mystery as it rains hay in parts of Devon | Exeter Express and Echo.

Huge clumps of dry grass were reported falling from the sky in several parts of the UK as Britain basked in warm sunshine.

Families in Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Mid Wales and Lancashire were hit, leaving entire villages to sweep up a thick layer of hay from their cars and lawns.

Met Office spokeswoman Helen Chivers said: “We’ve had a couple of weeks of dry weather across much of the country and that has allowed the ground to dry and warm up, and this weather has been ideal for farmers to cut grass for hay etc.

“This grass has been lifted into the air by some means, possibly by convection – where the ground heats the air above it causing the air to rise and carrying the grass aloft – and it is then carried along by warm thermals.

Weird rains are pretty neat and surprising to people standing on the ground a bit confused. It appears that a few conditions combined to make this a perfect time for it to rain hay.

Hay is light and easily lifted and transported. Other things, not so much, but yet they fly. When It Rains Animals: The Science of True Weather Weirdness.

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  7 comments for “HAY! It’s raining

  1. busterggi
    June 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Ithaqua is shedding again.

  2. Indrid Cole
    June 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Remember that time back in the 80’s when it was Raining Men?

  3. CJ
    June 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    If it happens again take cover. Enraged simians will plummet after it. It’s always hay! Hay! Then the Monkees…

    • eddi
      June 26, 2014 at 5:02 AM
      • eddi
        June 26, 2014 at 5:04 AM

        I guess the comment system can’t see emojis. That was the three monkeys; see no, hear no, speak no evil.

  4. July 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    NO YOU DID NOT LINK TO AN ARTICLE CLAIMING WATERSPOUTS LIFT ANIMALS INTO THE AIR. That is among the worst of pop woo!!!!

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I know I know. It’s still the default explanation. I have yet to find anything better. What do you suggest? That the SuperSargasso Sea is really up there? Teleportation? Sometimes things really do fall.

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