It rained fish in Oroville earlier this week.
You read that right.
As first reported Thursday by television station KHSL in Chico, on Tuesday evening a storm passed over Stanford Avenue Elementary in Oroville. In its wake, much of the school’s campus was left covered in tiny dead fish.
Fish reportedly fell from the sky the next day while school was in session.
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A school staff member confirmed the news station’s account to The Sacramento Bee, but she said school Principal Shannon Capshew wasn’t immediately available for an interview.
While weird and rare, the phenomenon of “raining fish” is not completely outlandish.
In 2005, a Folsom couple found several tiny fish dumped on the balcony and roof of their two-story condominium overlooking the American River.
A state fish biologist told The Bee at the time that thunderstorms and wind spouts can sometimes pick up small fish from a waterway and dump them. A Google search shows hundreds of accounts from across the globe of fish falling from the skies, sometimes far from waterways.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Sacramento said they weren’t aware of the Oroville fish storm – nor of any weather patterns that could cause water spouts to form. They said they’d look into it.
Oroville, about a 90-minute drive north of Sacramento in Butte County, has been in the news lately because of the spillway problems of its namesake dam.