Pat Shingleton: "Crazy Rain and Falling Fish..."
"The Almanac of the Infamous, Incredible and Ignored" reports that on October 22, 1886, rain fell from clear skies in Charlotte, North Carolina for three weeks. It dropped between 3 and 5:00 PM, lasting between ten and thirty minutes. These showers were isolated between two red oak trees. Rain from cloudless skies were also recorded in Aiken, S.C. and were isolated to a local cemetery between two graves. During the same time period in Chesterfield County, S.C. storms also were reported from cloudless skies for two weeks with Dawson, Georgia also experiencing a 25 foot-wide rain patch. In Stillwater, Oklahoma in October of 1892, showers dropped for weeks on a large cottonwood while places surrounding the tree suffered from a drought. In closing, on October 23, 1947, the cafe in Marksville was suddenly filled with news that "fish were falling from the sky." A biologist for the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries provided this account: "In an 80,000 square foot area, thousands of freshwater fish, native to local waters, were landing on Main and Monroe streets. The fish were falling in intervals, landing on roofs and in back yards." Marksville's Bank Director, J.M. Barnham discovered hundreds in his yard while his cashier, J.E. Gremillion was clunked on the head with a "hickory shad." Researchers have reviewed the data from this day that recorded mild weather, light breezes but remain stumped as to the cause of the Great Fish Fall in Marksville.
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