It was yesterday (20th of January, 2016) around 11.30pm in DireDawa, Eastern part of Ethiopia, that happened one of the most astonishing event. Diredawa had a fish rain. Yes, you read that right, a rain pouring fish. People in the city have taken the situation as a blessing from God .
As per some reports, a scholar from Haromaya University department of Metrology,Mr Efrem Mamo, has justified the circumstances as common in areas where ocean currents and winds are heavier than the usual.
Other explanations have been made by several scientists though out time: André-Marie Ampère was a French physicist who addressed raining animals for the first time (1775 – 1836). Ampère suggested that at times frogs and toads roam the countryside in large numbers, and that violent winds could pick them up and carry them for a long distances. Nonetheless, there have been many unproven circumstances that have occurred in fair weather conditions and in the absence of strong winds or waterspouts like the situation in DireDawa.
Tornadic waterspouts analysis is a much agreed scientific explanation: saying tornadic waterspout transports animals to relatively high altitudes, carrying them over large distances. This proposition appears to be supported by many and the type of animals carried in such rains are usually small and light, (most of the time aquatic). Such kind of rain is often preceded by a storm. Though, the theory does not account for how all the animals involved in each individual incident would be from only one species, and not a group of similarly-sized animals from a single area.
It might be a blessing for a nation that is fighting a drought.
Source: Addis Insight