Throughout history there have been recorded frog rains, mysterious falls of frogs, appearing seemingly from nowhere, and often during rainstorms. Similar to fish rains, frog rains are slightly harder to explain with the usual "a whirlwind did it." A school of fish, all of one species, may be picked up from the sea or a lake by a waterspout; frogs, though, do not school. A waterspout that sucked up frogs would also take up everything else in the lake, yet frog rains are not accompanied by carp and pondweed. Whirlwinds, also, do not deposit their cargo in an orderly fashion. Frogs picked up by one would be scattered this way and that, and not too far from where they started.
Charles Fort, the industrious collator of literature about freaks of nature, wrote of frog rains in The Book of the Damned and Lo! He describes frogs falling from a single dark cloud in an otherwise clear sky.
- ↑ "tremendous number of little toads, one or two months old, that were seen to fall from a great thick cloud that appeared suddenly in a sky that had been cloudless, August 4, near Toulouse, France, according to a letter from prof. Pontus to M. Arago. (comptes rendus, 3-54)" from TBOTD, ch.7.