It Was Raining Fish in Texarkana

Fish rain from sky in Texarkana | KTALnews.com

Too small to have for dinner–but what do you expect when it rains fish?

It’s not unknown for fish or frogs to get swept up by a waterspout or some other drastic meteorological event and rained down on somewhere else, miles away. Not unknown–but still rare enough that most people will live their whole lives without once seeing it rain fish.

I missed this, first time around; but on Dec. 29, 2021, it rained fish on Texarkana (https://www.southernliving.com/travel/texas/texarkana-texas-rained-fish). In the words of one eyewitness, first one fish fell, and then “fish were droppin’ here and everywhere!”

Livy loved this stuff, and always included that year’s “prodigies” in his history of Rome. When, say, a calf was born with two heads and wings, the Romans thought that meant something. They’d never be blase about a rain of fish. Sages would be under pressure to tell the city what it meant.

Next time I’m in Texarkana, I must remember to ask.