I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs out there!”
Of course that sentence is usually said simply to drive home the point that it’s raining really, really hard, but it actually can be true in the literal sense at times.
Not only has it been known to “rain” cats and dogs, but also fish, frogs, cows and even human beings!
Of course these living things don’t really “rain” the way water falls from a storm cloud, but they do fall to earth from the sky as storms pass overhead.
How is this possible, you ask?
Well, tornadoes and waterspouts suck up all kinds of physical objects, and if the vortex’s updraft is strong enough some of those objects can be quite large and heavy.
For example, back in May of 2014 a tornado picked up a truck in Arkansas and carried it a whopping 27 miles through the air before allowing it to finally “rain” back to earth!
There have also been numerous instances in which humans were sucked up by tornadoes and carried long distances before being “rained” back to earth.
Some of those unlucky folks (or lucky folks, depending on your point of view) even survived the ordeal!
Bottom line: The next time you hear someone say “It’s raining cats and dogs out there!” you might want to go check it out. Although extremely unlikely, they just might be telling the truth!
Here’s a short video that discusses how critters can rain from the sky!
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen
by clicking the “square” icon in the lower right-hand
corner of the video.