Pat Shingleton: Rainfall Totals and Fish from the Sky"
On Sunday we experienced another episode of exc3essive rainfall that caused flooding in our area. As I have mentioned on many occasions, any location that receives more than four inches of rain within an hour - flooding, swollen streams will bring water to the backdoor and possibly indoors. Norwood reports more than 10 inches of rain with Wilson matching that total. New Roads and Lavonia recorded eight inches with Centreville, MS picking-up six. baton Rouge recorded just a half-an-inch. Heavy rain also fell on On October 23, 1947as thousands of freshwater fish fell from the sky and covered 80,000 square feet of Marksville. Similar events have been known to be associated with severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. Similar events found snails, turtles and other critters dropping from the sky. This was not the case in Marksville. The weather was mild with reports of fog and light breezes on the day the fish fell. One witness reported small tornadoes and dust devils the day before, yet no strong thunderstorms or heavy rain accompanied the fish. Meteorologists have reviewed the data from that day but remain stumped as to what caused the Great Fish Fall in Marksville. Other similar incidents were reported in England in 1918, when a rain of eel-like fish fell near Sunderland.