Non-aqueous rains is an erratic meteorological phenomenon in which earthbound animals literally rain from the sky. Such incidents have been reported in many countries all through the history.
Aqueous refers to water and since we are discussing about non-aqueous rain, they consist of everything else, but water. Reported cases reveals the falling of jellyfish, spiders, birds, fish, toads and even parts of cows from the sky.
Many hypothesis framed by scientists holds strong winds behind this. Winds that become intense during tornadoes or waterspouts, travel over water bodies pick up creatures like fish or frogs and then carry them for many miles. These winds have the capacity to carry animals over very great distances. However, this mystery has never been completely solved.
After the animals are released to the ground, they sometimes even survive the fall. In some cases, the animals do not come in one piece, but their body parts descent in shreds. In other cases the animals freeze to death as they get carried to higher altitudes.
André-Marie Ampère was the first scientist to explain this phenomenon of animals falling from sky with a strong hypothesis which suggested that frogs and toads that roam in groups become susceptible to violent winds, which eventually carry them to far-off distances.
According to a popular belief, this phenomenon occurred when Father José Manuel Subirana, a Spanish saint and Catholic missionary who visited Honduras from 1856-1864, encountered several poor people. Seeing their misery, he prayed to God for 3 days and 3 nights continuously for a miracle to take place and provide food to them. The rain of fish occurred, and has ever since been occurring in all parts of the world. The local people of Hondurus celebrate this phenomenon each year with a festival known as Lluvia de Peces.
As imaginary and eccentric these stories sound, more incidents have evidenced non-aqueous rains.
Kerela, India, February 12, 2008
Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, January 13, 2012
Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, June 2009 (occurrences of frog rains reported throughout the month)
Spiders fell from the sky in Salta Province, Argentina on April 6, 2007
Worms dropped from the sky in Jennings, Louisiana, on July 11, 2007.