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Something fishy: Rain event drops fish on Texarkana

As a shower dumped rain onto the city of Texarkana, the clouds brought something extra in an uncommon — but not unheard of — phenomenon.

TEXARKANA, Texas — As the skies darkened over Texarkana, Texas, on Wednesday, the clouds dropped more than water onto the town that straddles the Arkansas state line.

Reports of fish falling from the sky during a round of showers were confirmed by countless photos and videos posted by residents online.

2021 is pulling out all the tricks… including raining fish in Texarkana today. 🌧🐟 And no, this isn’t a joke. Animal...

Posted by The City of Texarkana, Texas on Wednesday, December 29, 2021

While the event was brief, countless fish were left in yards and business parking lots on the Texas side of the city of approximately 36,000. The reports of falling fish were also made across the state line on the Arkansas side, a separate city of around 29,000 people.

"Animal rain" happens when small animals like fish, frogs, and even crabs are caught up in updrafts or tornadic waterspouts and are dropped in distant locations along with regular rainfall, according to the National Geographic Society.

However, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said Thursday there were no reports of nearby waterspouts and no radar signature was detected.

"It's certainly a headscratcher," one meteorologist said.

People are reporting fish falling with the rain. Anyone else seeing this?

Posted by TXK Today on Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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