2021 ended with fish raining from the sky in East Texas

There were many serious and terrible weather events in 2021, including massive and long-burning wildfires along the West Coast, destructive tornadoes from North Carolina and New Jersey to Kentucky and Illinois, deadly "heat domes" over the Pacific Northwest and a deadly freeze in Texas, and an active hurricane season that battered Louisiana but also wreaked havoc on the Northeast. But the year ended with a weather phenomenon in East Texas that was more bizarre than dangerous.

The year "2021 is pulling out all the tricks," the city of Texarkana said on Facebook last Wednesday, "including raining fish. ... And no, this isn't a joke." The phenomenon of "animal rain," Texarkana explained, "occurs when small water animals like frogs, crabs, and small fish are swept up in waterspouts or drafts that occur on the surface of the earth" and "then rained down at the same time as the rain."

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