It was just an average day during rush hour in the English Midlands… and then it started raining apples. Motorists were hit with more than 100 pieces of fruit as they sat in traffic in Coventry.
The Daily Mail reports that there were several storm warnings issued earlier in the day but meteorologists neglected to mention that England had a 20% chance of apples. At 6:45 on Monday, apples started falling from the sky in Coventry. Car roofs and windshields were battered by more than 100 pieces of fruit, and according to the mail, a thick green slush was left on the ground after the storm.
The people in England aren’t exactly sure how the apples fell from the sky. One theory suggests that a mini tornado sucked the apples up from a nearby farm, carried them for a few miles, then dropped the apples onto traffic.
Another theory says that the apples could have fallen from a plane.
Jim Dale, senior meteorologist from British Weather Services, said:
“Essentially these events are caused when a vortex of air, kind of like a mini tornado, lifts things off the ground rising up into the atmosphere until the air around it causes them to fall to earth again… We’ve all heard of fish and frogs falling from the sky and apples is certainly unusual because they have some weight to them but it is not out of the realms of possibility.”
We’ve all heard about fish falling from the sky? There are actually several examples of fish, frogs, and maggots falling from the sky. According to the Mail, in 1967, maggots rained over Acapulco. In 1996, frogs fell down on London. In 2004 fish hit the village of Knighton Powys. And in More recently, on August 18, 2004, fish fell from the sky on to the village of Knighton, Powys. And in 2007, another batch of sky fish hit Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Have you ever seen something strange fall from the sky?