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La Union Honduras Rains Fish

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 07:04 AM

La Union in Honduras rains fish a couple of times a year, but locals say no one has examined of what really occurs during the unusual phenomenon that happens during torrential downpours.

The farming town located just outside of Yoro in north-central Honduras is "showered" with small fish at least once a year but more often in other years, during the late spring and early summer, according to The New York Times.

A heavy storm would come through the town and when the sky clears, pastures are covered with thousands of small fish.

"It's a miracle," said Lucio Pérez, 45, who has lived in La Union for 17 years. "We see it as a blessing from God."

National Geographic describes such incidents as "animal rain" — when small animals get caught in waterspouts or updrafts during storms and fall to the ground among the raindrops.

"Reported rains of bats, fish, snakes, birds, frogs, and jellies stretch back for centuries," said NatGeo. "The phenomena most associated with animal rain are waterspouts, although many meteorologists are skeptical that waterspouts can actually cause animal rain."

"Waterspouts form as violent storm clouds swirl above a large body of water. These clouds form a tornado-like whirlwind that dips into the ocean, lake, or pond. Waterspouts can spin up to 100 miles per hour, and may pull up small objects in their funnel — water, pebbles, and small aquatic animals."

Atlas Obscura said the "Rain of Fish," also known as "Lluvia de Peces," only occurs during huge rain storms and leaves silver-colored fish covering the town.

"In the 1970s, a National Geographic team actually witnessed the event, making it one of the few credible sightings of such a phenomenon, though proof that the fish were coming from the sky and not another source remained elusive," said Atlas Obscura.

"… This weather phenomenon has been reported around the world for centuries, though the scientific understanding of it still remains sketchy."

Catholic priest John Willmering, an American who has lived in Honduras for 49 years, told the Times while there is probably a technical reasoning for it, he still leaves room for faith.

"I think most people who would investigate it would say there is a scientific explanation for it," said Willmering. "It works with natural phenomenon when you need it. I mean, God is behind everything."

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La Union in Honduras rains fish a couple of times a year, but locals say no one has examined of what really occurs during the unusual phenomenon that happens during torrential downpours.
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