NANFA-- Raining fish

Shireen Gonzaga (
Wed, 12 Jan 2000 00:08:39 -0500

While channel-surfing yesterday (procrastinating, actually),
I stumbled across a fascinating documentary about hailstones.
There have been many cases of critters being caught up in the
updrafts in thunderheads and becoming entombed in hailstones.

Hailstones are created when ice particles are carried up and
down the convective zones in the thundercloud, and with each
up and down trip, a new coating of ice gets added to the stone.
Eventually, it gets heavy enough to fall. Considering that
some of these hailstones are huge, that's pretty impressive.

It's understandable how insect and birds could get caught.
They fly around, and could easily get swept in. But what
about the cases of fish and frogs being found in hailstones?
What are the scenarios that could cause this? Waterspouts?

The documentary mentioned this rather bizarre case of
three glider pilots who got swept into the hail-making
process. One of them survived to tell the tale. The other
two became human popsicles.

- shireen

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