Partly cloudy with a chance of frogs. Some real “Sharknado” events
By Peter Covino
So maybe it doesn’t rain cats and dogs and sharks, but it turns out Sharknado and Sharknado 2 aren’t quite as far-fetched at they appear to be.
The folks at the AccuWeather Global Weather Center have gathered together a bunch of facts that show that weather isn’t just unpredictable — it can be downright strange.
Sharks falling from the sky (and still eating people) is the product of pure fantasy, but here are some crazy weather events that actually did happen, according to AccuWeather.
Animals Raining from the Sky
Many popular colloquiums suggest animals pouring from the sky – from cats and dogs all the way to men. Thankfully, these remain in the same realm of possibility as a sharknado.
However, there have been at least four documented instances of frogs raining from the sky. The most recent occurrence was in 2005, in Odzaci, Serbia.
Whirling Vortexes of Fire
Firenadoes, also known as fire devils — are created when strong winds whip an active fire to create a vortex.
“The heat of the fire rising through the air allow s the vortex to strengthen and create the firenado,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said. “The firenado can then suck more brush and debris into itself and fuel the fire further.”
This phenomenon can be extremely dangerous, with some reporting to be able to launch embers miles away.
Bugnadoes Darken Skies
While not a weather event, when an ominous vortex of bugs appear to darken skies, the name seems only fitting.
In March of 2014, residents of Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, witnessed a swarm of red locusts formed into a “bugnado.”
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck said after the event that the tornadolike appearance was likely due to a combination of wind and thermal uplift from the sun creating warmth on the ground.
While the film’s star, Tara Reid, insists a sharknado could happen, the only real menace to society it presents are out-of-control Twitter hashtags.
However, fans of the film can watch out for many of the rare but conceivable weather phenomenon that happen around the world.