1. Old Reports
Tremendous number of little toads, one or two months old, that were
seen to fall from a great thick cloud that appeared suddenly in
a sky that had been cloudless, August, 1804, near Toulouse,
France. This story appeared in a lot of newspaper at the end of the
1800's, beginning 1900's.
A RAIN OF FROGS IN ARIZONA. The phenomenon familiarly known as the
rain of frogs has been ridiculed and contradicted by certain scientists:
nevertheless, there is abundant proof to show that it has occurred, and
probably will again. In 1864, the writer, in company with some fifty
other travelers, had personal experience of the fact. We were in
Arizona, not less than twenty miles from any stream, pond or water. The
day was extremely sultry, and we had halted to let the animals graze and
rest for an hour or two. Not a living thing besides ourselves and horses
was in sight, and certainly no frogs were hopping over the rich, tufted
gramma-grass, which covered the ground for miles in every
direction. Suddenly a dense, black cloud made its
appearance, and it soon began to discharge a copious rain
upon our un sheltered heads. The drops were very large, and the water
quiet warm. Nearly every person wore a broad-brimmed felt hat, which
proved a great protection against the rain as well as against the sun.
Our attention was soon arrested by the pelting of something which struck
our hats like hail, but which proved to be frogs, and in less than two
minutes the grass was fairly alive with those creatures Several of the
party took some from their hat-rims. Our unexpected visitors were all of
one size, about a quarter of an inch long from nose to rump, very
lively, and apparently in the best condition. Their tail had been broken
by the springy, resilient nature of the grass. It is not probable that
several hundred thousand, perhaps millions of frogs had
suddenly been hatched into life in the ground by the rain, or, if they
had, that in their infantile glee they jumped five feet eleven inches
from the earth to the top of our heads merely to show how the game, of
leap-frog should be played. Nor had they any such caudal appendages as
are generally attached to juvenile rana. They came from above
in company with the rain; and this fact was made clear by holding out
the hand and seeing their fall upon it, as well as finding them on our
hat-rims. The eggs from which these reptiles sprung, had undoubtedly
been drawn up into the atmosphere by the action of a water-spout, and
held in suspension with aqueous particles long enough to hatch them out
and give them perfect form; then, by the force of mutual attraction, the
separated particles of vapor got together in such masses as to form
heavy sheets of water, which, in turn, be came amenable to tine law of
attraction of gravitation, returning to the earth from whence it had
been drawn. In the fall new divisions were created, called "drops,"
among which the frogs descended, having been, obedient to similar
forces, moving with the aqueous particles. This instance is cited to
show that other things besides vapor are translated from earth to
atmosphere by certain well-known and accredited developments of natural
Overland monthly and Out West magazine, Volume 7, Issue 1, July 1871;
Monthly Weather Review, May 1917, included some toad falls in
- A French scientist M. Mauduy, curator of natural history at
Poitiers, narrates: "On the 23d of June, 1809, during a hot spell, I
was caught in a rain storm in which with the very large drops were
mixed little bodies the size of hazelnuts, which in a moment,
covered the ground, and which I recognized as little toads. The
second occasion, occurred in August, 1822, during stormy and very
hot period; I was again surprised by the heavy shower of large drops
mixed, as was the other with little toads, some of which fell on my
hat. This time the animals were the size of walnuts. I found that I
was more than a league distant from any brook, river, or marsh."
- Another French scientist, M. Heard, writes: "In June, 1833, I
was at Jouy near Versaille. I saw toads falling from the sky; they
struck my umbrella; I saw them hopping on the pavement, during about
10 minutes in which time the drops of water were not more numerous
than the toads. The space upon which I saw the multitude of these
animals was about 200 fathoms.
- M. Peltier wrote: "In support of the communication of Col.
Marmier, I cite an incident I observed in my youth; a storm advanced
upon the little village of Ham, Department of the Somme, where I
lived, and I observed its menacing march, when suddenly rain fell in
torrents. I saw the village square covered everywhere with little
toads. Astonished by this sight, I held out my hand and was struck
by several of the reptiles. The dooryard also was covered; I saw
them fall upon the slate roof and rebound to the pavement. Whatever
the difficulty of explaining the transport of the reptiles. I
affirm, without doubt the fact which made such a profound impression
upon my memory."
In the summer of 1794 M. Gayet was quartered in
the village of Lalain, Department du Nord, near the territory which the
Austrians, then masters of Valenciennes, had flooded with water from the
Scarps. It was very hot. Suddenly, at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon,
there fell such an abundance of rain that 150 men of
the grand guard, in order not to be submerged, were obliged to leave a
large depression in which they were hidden. But what was their surprise
when there began to fall on the ground all about a considerable number
of toads, the size of hazelnuts, which began to jump about in every
direction. M. Gayet who could not believe that these myriads of
reptiles fell with the rain, stretched out his handkerchief at the
height of a man, his comrades holding the corners; they caught a
considerable number of toads, most of which had the posterior part
elongated into a tail, that is to say, in the tadpole state. During this
rain storm, which lasted about half an hour, the men of the grand guard
felt very distinctly on their hats and on their clothing the blows
struck by the falling toads. As a final proof of the reality of this
phenomenon, M. Gayet reports that after the storm the three-cornered
hats of the men of the guard held in their folds some of the reptiles.
Motorists' Queer Experience
Frogs fell from the sky in a shower at Ewingdale, on the North
coast of New South Wales, on Wednesday, Many motorists had hundreds
plastered over their cars after the bombardment. The photograph shows
one of dozens which were removed from a windscreen. The frogs were less
than one inch in length, and were coloured black and cream.
Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), Sunday 9 April 1939, Page
FROGS AND RAIN
Sir, In the "Herald" of December 3 it is stated,
"Experts on reptiles discount reports of frogs falling from the sky."
They also pointed out "that frogs would die in dry conditions." Nearly
50 years ago, I was prospecting in the desert country of Western
Australia in the East Murchison district. The average annual rainfall at
that time was about three inches, but I was informed that every seven
years it really rained. In 1899 or 1900 the big rains
came, and thousands of frogs, no larger than a thumbnail, came with it.
Small as they were, the din they created was terrific, and greatly
resembled that made by a mob of sheep. The surface on which the frogs
came was a thin layer of sand and stones on top of a conglomerate
"cement," and afforded no refuge for frogs either before or after the
deluge, and, indeed, was usually scorched with the continual heat. This
district is about 700 miles from Perth, and has no surface water
of any sort whatever. It was necessary to dig to 168 feet in
depth before any underground water was available. F. W. ISON.
Abbotsfoid Point. - Sir, With regard to the
article and photograph of the frogs in your paper, seeing is believing.
Many years ago I saw frogs and fish come down in a thunderstorm
at a place called Roses' Run, al Lower Hawkesbury, near Wiseman's Ferry.
At first we thought the frogs and fish hail -they came down in a sheet
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW, Australia), Saturday 6 December 1947,
THE TOP OF THE HILL.
Frogs and Fish.
Dear "Non-Com,"-Like the Ripley series these
yarns are "strange but true" and the team can believe them or not. Many
strange things happen in the bush and perhaps one of the strangest in my
experience happened on Murgoo station in 1919. I had been contract
fencing, and pulled into the shearing shed to replenish my water tank.
It was late November and we were passing through an extra special heat
wave. Having hobbled the camels our and boiled the billy, I sat down to
enjoy my evening meal of kangaroo, bacon and damper. It was a stifling
hot night am suddenly a blue-black cloud appeared on
the nor'-west horizon. With amazing rapidity the sky became
black and over cast, followed by a fierce electrical storm. And
the rain! It fairly teemed, but it was not the rain that amazed me, but
what came with the rain. Nothing else but thousands of
minute but perfectly formed black frogs! The rain only lasted fifteen
minutes, so taking a lantern went forth to study this strange phenomena.
There they were in their thousands, almost black in colour, perfectly
formed and croaking lustily as they hopped her and there. Being camped
alongside a considerable sized creek, the water quickly drained away
into it and very soon it was running a banker. Watching the frogs with
keen interest, I noticed that as the ground started to dry up they were
all making for the creek. On reaching the bank hundreds quickly burrowed
into the wet sand, while others continued on and pushed into the stream.
I camped there for two more nights on account of the country being water
logged and camels are useless without a firm footing. The noise of their
concerted hearty croaking was deafening especially to one used to the
silence of the bush. On the third day I broke camp. The creek by this
time was just a series of pools, but the frogs still seemed to be
enjoying themselves. Returning a fort night later, the creek was silent
and I dug down in the moist sand about four feet. But not one solitary
frog could I find.
Another experience almost identical with this
occurred on the same station some years later, but this time it
concerned fish and not frogs. I was kangarooing this time and had a
native named Billy shooting for me. The country we were in on the banks
of the Sandford River was interspersed with a great number of
oval-shaped depressions known in that country as clay pans These
depressions have a clay bottom and hold water for months after rain.
Surface water it was impossible to find and we were night shooting at
the wells. One evening the native came to me and pointing skywards said
"Plenty bubba bimeby, plenty bubba." Looking at the bright starlit night
I shook my head and said, "Not tonight, Billy." But the uncanny instinct
of the native proved correct and morning found my tent, which was on a
rise, completely surrounded by water. Walking over to the native's mia
and finding it empty Ï started to hunt him up. I eventually found him on
the bank of the river industriously making a framework of saplings and
bark. Carrying this to a clay-pan he covered the framework with green
boughs and made a leaf covered raft. On this raft he lashed two supple
saplings to haul it by. Entering the claypan he splashed and threw
stones as he moved forward until he had moved to one end that ended in a
narrow lagoon where stood his raft. Beckoning me to take one end we
dragged the raft of leaves forward. As we approached the blind end of
the lagoon small ripples were to be seen. Realizing in a flash they must
be fish I said "What fish Billy?" "Plenty, boss," he replied: And so it
proved to be. When these fish were driven to the far end they doubled
back, saw the raft, leaped to avoid it, and landed fair and squarely on
the raft. We got upwards to forty fish, many of course escaping. On
examination they were about four inches long and not unlike the canard
lies of our northern rivers. I cooked some, but they were a mass of
small bones. These fish, too, must have come down in the rain of the
previous night for the claypans to my knowledge had been empty since the
previous winter. On interrogating the native he simply pointed up and
said, "Plenty bubba, plenty fish." Possibly the same solution governs
both experiences. No doubt science can explain it all quite simply, but
to me at the time it was all very strange. JUMBUCK, Gosnells.
Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia), Thursday 8 April 1937, Page 10
[Natives are always much better in tune with
Reality, than any scientist. Natives observe and experience; scientist
theorize behind a desk]
FROGS FROM THE SKY
That frogs could be "rained" from the heavens is not considered
unlikely by a Nedlands correspondent who writes as follows: "Regarding
'OB's' query in the answers section of your last issue about a shower of
frogs in Perth in 1912, I am able to state at first-hand that I saw the
frogs, but did not witness the method of their arrival. They littered
Hay-street for some distance between Outram and Colin streets so that
one could not avoid them. Many were no larger than a three pence and
many had been trodden underfoot. That they had come per the air route in
a whirlwind is perfectly feasible."
Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia), Sunday 24 September 1944, Page
SMALL FROGS FROM THE SKY
During a storm that passed over Harwood Island last week people
on parts of the island were surprised to see small brown frogs falling
with the rain, and quite a number were seen on the ground after the rain
had ceased. Recently, in a Sydney suburb. when heavy rain fell, millions
of these small frogs were found.
Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW, Australia), Monday 25 January 1943, Page 2
SHOWER OF FROGS
Frogs fell from the sky in a shower at Ewingdale, on the North Coast
of New South Wales last Wednesday, (as previously reported in these
columns). Many motorists had hundreds plastered over their cars after
the bombardment. The frogs were less than one inch in length, and were
coloured black and cream. The ichyologist at the Queensland Museum (Mr.
T. C. Marshall) said that while he had never heard of any actual cases
of frogs falling in a storm, there had been several instances of fish
being found after a storm in Queensland. One case was recorded ofwhiting
falling in rain at Roma, over 300 miles from the coast. The flsh were
caught up in eddies and whirlpools from shallow water, and Mr. Marshall
said that it was possible that similar winds had caught up frogs from
swamps. Such rapidly rising, circular winds had caught up on dry land
many strange things which had later fallen during a storm many miles
Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Queensland,
Australia), Monday 10 April 1939, Page 6
Frogs Fell In Rain, Youth Says
A shower of rain at Newtown last night brought frogs out in hundreds
along the road. Some residents claimed the frogs came down with the
rain. Scientists are not yet convinced. Leslie Dawson, 15, of King
Street, Newtown, said: "I saw frogs hitting the ground in front of me
when I was riding a bicycle at die corner of Yelverton and King Streets
about half-past nine. "I had two mates with me. At first we thought it
was hail, but then we saw the frogs jumping on the road. "We got off our
bicycles and ran after the big ones. "There were hundreds of small ones
and a few larger ones. "Most were green, but there were a few brown ones
among them. Many of them were squashed by cars. "As the cars went by we
could see the frogs leaping in all directions. "I ran to the gutter and
scooped up a dozen or so small frogs, and a couple of larger ones. "My
father wouldn't believe me when I told hinm but I showed them to him to
convince him. "The smaller frogs got away while I was putting them into
a jar. I've still got two of the bigger ones left." Leslie dived across
the room to catch the frogs for the photographer. After searching under
chairs he found both of them, and said, "There you are, I told you so."
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW, Australia), Wednesday 3 December 1947,
SHOWER OF FROGS
Mr. H. Stuart Dove writes: "A remarkable, occurrence is reported from
Wiltshire (England), where thousands of tiny frogs are
said to have descended during a heavy shower. Mr.
Ettles, attendant at a bathing-pool, was giving lessons in swimming,
when the rain began. On looking up, he saw great numbers of small frogs
dropping from the sky. They landed on the grass behind the
bathing-stages, and, calling his wife, they both started sweeping them
into an adjoining field, but on coming back, they found hundreds more in
the swimming bath; these were settled by an extra dose of chloride in
the water. Great numbers fell into the river, and a party was seen
floating downstream while resting on an old motor-tyre. "Many zoologists
explain this sudden appearance of baby-frogs after rain by saying that
they had been sheltering from the sun under grass-tufts and small
plants, until the grateful moisture brought them into the open, but in
the above case Mr. Ettles said that he saw them actually descending from
above, and a meteorologist gave the following explanation: 'The little
frogs had been sucked-up from ponds by a whirlwind -a miniature edition
of an American tornado- and may be carried for miles on the prevailing
wind before dropping to earth. In rare cases, even fish have been
sucked-up from shallow lakes and deposited at a considerable distance
away. In the United States, where they do everything on a bigger scale
than in England, a full-grown hen was picked up by one of these
whirlwinds and dropped 30 miles away."
Advocate (Burnie, Tasmania), Tuesday 1 August 1939, Page 9
[the meteorologist-expert does not seem to know that a whirlwind is
quite different from a tornado and does not suck anything upwards. Also
any wind cannot transport frogs over a distance of 30 miles, let along
DOES IT RAIN FROGS, OR DO THEY JUST HAPPEN? IS A
QUESTION THAT PANHANDLERS DISAGREE ON
Panhandle, July 5. A shower of frogs numbering millions
was rained down here Tuesday night. That is, a large percentage of the
people here declare the frogs rained down, while others maintain they
reached the town in some other way. At any rate an army of frogs
appeared following the rain. When Panhandle people awoke Tuesday morning
the hopping, jumping visitors were everywhere. They were here at 5
o'clock and by 10 o'clock all were gone with the exception of those
whose hops were too short to keep up with the procession. In size they
were as large as the end of the thumb and as small as the tip of the
little finger. The hordes of hopping visitors left toward the south.
While the bulk of the. strange visitors were passing through, hundreds
were run over and killed by automobiles. So thick were the froglets one
could not step out on the street with mashing numbers of them. Every
street and alley was filled with frogs. When a building stood in their
path, they did not attempt to jump over but hopped around and kept on
their general course. Life's old question "Whence and Whither" is
revived by the sudden visit and as sudden departure of frogs in
Panhandle. Women as well as men disagree on the origin and destiny of
the frogs. Women are divided about 50-50 on the theory that they fell
from the clouds while two out of five men maintain they were young toads
hatched simultaneously from eggs deposited in the ground. The sky
theorists claim the embryonic pollywogs were attracted from their earth
abode by the sun to fall on earth in the form of young frogs. That there
are no lakes or other bodies of water near Panhandle daunts them not,
for they say the eggs may have been originally deposited in Lake
Champlain or the Caribbean Sea. Once drawn into the air they were
carried by the breeze to the vicinity of Panhandle and fell with the
rain. Others says the warm rains had nothing to do with the frogs
visitation further than to bring about the hatching of million of eggs
at, the same time and that the procession moving through the town was
nothing more than a gratification of the migratory nature of the hoppers
soon as they were old enough to travel. Anyway the frogs have come and
gone with the exception 0f a flew stragglers. They left no damage in
their wake hut a decided indifference among the people as to where they
came from and where they went.
The Lubbock avalanche (Lubbock, Texas), 07 July 1921, second section
SHOWER OF FROGS.
Rained Down During Storm at Medora, Ill.
Medora, Ill., June 7. "After a severe rain and wind storm
early Thursday morning, frogs of all sizes were found in various
sections of this city. In some instances the animals weighed
over a pound, and many families dined on the delicacy of frog
legs. In falling the frogs were killed, some being found badly mashed.
It is believed that the wind sucked them up into the air, and that they
came down with the rain.
The Brownsville daily herald (Brownsville, Texas), 13 June 1901, front
Frogs Rained in Texas. Thousands of small green frogs were
precipitated upon the streets of Weatherford, Texas, Wednesday, during
one of the heaviest rainstorms, in years. The
phenomenon created considerable excitement and overshadowed the damage
done to store basements by the sudden rush of water.
The Guthrie daily leader (Guthrie, Oklahoma), 20 May 1915, page 6
LITTLE GREEN FROGS
Rained Down By Thousands In Alton Illinois
Alton Ill. Juno 24 - A heavy rain storm accompanied
by a gale swept over Alton and a deluge of little green frogs was
precipitated. They fell so plentifully that thousands
were hopping around the streets Pedestrians and vehicles crushed them by
the hundreds It is believed the frogs were scooped from the marshy low
lands by the heavy winds carried over the city and dropped.
Palestine daily herald (Palestine, Texas), 26 June 1906, page 2
MANY FROGS RAINED DOWN.
Now They Are In Possession of Downs Mud Puddles.
Downs, Kan., June 1. A good soaking rain fell here. After the intense
heat many people feared a storm, but it was only a good old fashioned
rain, accompanied by a multitude of frogs who are now in possession of
all the mud puddles.
The Topeka State journal (Topeka, Kansas), 01 June 1911, page 3
A shower of small frogs and minnows fell at Pana last Thursday
morning. The larger frogs were killed but the smaller ones lay stunned
for a few minutes and then hopped away. The fish were all killed and
ranged from a half an inch to two inches in length. Old settlers say
this is the first time it has rained frogs in and around Pana since
1855. It is supposed that a small cyclone sucked the contents of some
pond into the clouds which caused the strange occurrence. Hillsboro
The Cape County herald (Cape Girardeau, Missouri), 22 Sept. 1911, page 8
RAINED RAINED FROGS
Shower of Toads Fell Near Beverly
Following the hard rain Thursday he public road for a distance of two
miles near Beverly was found to be literally alive with small frogs
about an inch long that hopped about in countless numbers. It is
believed that they fell from the clouds though one scientist says the
rain drove them out of the ground.
Hopkinsville Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Kentucky), 13 July 1907, page 4
Peculiar Phenomenon Reported From Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Minn., July 3. - (Spl.) - If the veracity of over
100 residents in the vicinity of the pioneer steel elevator can be
relied on, there appeared in that part of the city Tuesday a most
peculiar phenomenon a rain of frogs. So thick was the consignment that
in some places on the sidewalks and in the street travel was,
Akron daily Democrat (Akron, Ohio), 03 July 1901, front page
Frogs are "rained down" and there is no doubting it. Tuesday morning
last just after a heavy shower of rain, the cellar, which, Perley
has-just-dug on Commercial street contained not less than one
thousand live frogs, of different sizes some of them large
enough for a Frenchman's dinner, and others about three removes from a
tadpole. How they came in the cellar is a mystery we should like to have
explained. The cellar contained no water previous to the rain shower
The Kansas news (Emporia, Kansas), 06 Aug. 1859, page 3
FROGS, SAND RAINED IN THUNDER SHOWER
Gibraltar, June 25. During a thunderstorm here recently a shower of
frogs fell on the North Front. Thousands of these small bopping
creatures were to be seen in the hedges and aroused much curiosity.
Seven years ago a similar phenomenon occurred and later a shower of sand
covered everything with a pink deposit.
Bisbee daily review (Bisbee, Arizona), 26 June 1921, page 7
[Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located
on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the
"Rain of Frogs" Causes Disputes.
Pierre.—The disputed question here is whether a driving shower at
this city really "rained frogs," or, from what source the appeared so
suddenly, following the dash of rain and hail. None were to be seen
about before the shower, and immediately after it had passed they were
hopping over the sidewalks and streets by hundreds in certain sections
of the city. Whether Observer Rowe says he is certain that frogs do rain
down at times, as he found hundreds of them on the top of a large flat
roof building at one time following a heavy dashing rain,
with certain knowledge "that they were not on the roof before that time,
and his work called him to that roof a number of times every day.
Dakota farmers' leader (Canton, South Dakota), 10 July 1914, page 5
A Rain Of Frogs
A dispatch from Cambridgeport, Mass., on Tuesday, says : "It I rained
frogs at Cambridgeport during a fierce shower this afternoon.
Tens of thousands of them fell over a small area—perfectly
formed little fellows, dark brown, almost black in color, not more than
an inch and with uncommonly prominent eyes. Where they came from and how
they got here scientists must answer if they can, but here they are and
none the worse for their serial journey. They appeared as in a twinkling
and streets and sidewalks fairly swarmed with the liveliest sort of a
hopping army where none was to be seen a minute before."
Sullivan republican (Laporte, Pennsylvania), 03 Aug. 1894, page 3
The same frog fall was reported in more detail in the following
Whence Came Those Frogs?
From the Boston Journal.
It rained frogs in Cambrldgeport yesterday afternoon. Genuine,
hopping, and very lively frogs they were, and they arrived on earth not
a particle the worse for their experience of rapid transit from the
skies. A Journal man was in the very midst of the shower which brought
the queer visitors, and studied them closely at close range and at first
hand. About 2 o'clock a heavy rain cloud blew up from
the west, whose ominous blackness made people hurry for
protection. When it finally broke the rain descended in a lively fashion
for three-quarter of an hour or so. When the downpour ceased the wet
street and sidewalk were fairly alive with tiny frogs, which skipped
about as if each was under the influence of a galvanic battery. Every
puddle swarmed with them. It was impossible to make a forward
step without crushing a dozen of the celestial immigrants.
Looking over the fences into the neighboring gardens they could be
discerned by hundreds hopping about among the plants. They were the
smallest of frogs. Their bodies were not over three-quarters of an inch
in length, and fifty of them would not fill an ordinary tumbler. In
color they were a dark brown, almost black, and they had big, beady
black eyes, which were uncommonly keen. The little fellows were
perfectly formed frogs. The Journal Investigator corralled about twenty
in the angle of a fence and looked them all over in the interest of
science. Not the vestige of a tail could he find on any one of them,
which showed that they had all gone safely through the tadpole stage of
existence. Moving slowly along Pearl street he was soon made aware of
another fact. The frogs were not distributed with a generous
universality. In fact, the territory where they might be found
was comparatively small. The question is, where did these frogs
come from! Before the shower the reporter had bean walking up and down
through a mile or more of streets in that district and had not seen so
much as a toad. All was parched and lifeless. But almost simultaneously
with the rain came thousands of the little animals, congregated
in such vast numbers that the highway seemed alive with them.
Passing wheels crushed them by scores and children gathered them up in
tin cans at the curb and compounded horrible messes of squirming
reptiles. If they did not ruin down from the clouds, pray where did they
The Sun (New York, N.Y.), 04 Aug. 1894, page 7
Hardin county has experienced the wonderful phenomenon of a shower of
frogs near Nolin during a heavy rain storm frogs fell
from the clouds by the millions. They were found over a
terriitory two miles square as thick as grasshoppers in a harvest field.
The were small in size, green upon the back and bore close resemblance
to bull frogs.
The interior Journal (Stanford, Kentucky), 19 July 1907, page 4
FROGS FROGS STOPPED TRAIN
Ithaca N.Y. July 7 - All Ithaca is suffering from a frog pest after
the recent heavy rains. The frogs have appeared in
great numbers. The ground in the vicinity of Renwick Park is covered
with them. A train which left for Auburn late last night had difficulty
in working its way through the myriads which appeared on the tracks. The
tracks became so slippery from the ones killed that the wheels would not
take and bold of the rails. Traffic on a branch of the Ithaca street
railway running in Stewart avenue has been impeded and thousands of
frogs appeared in the vacant lots south of the Fiske McGraw mansion. The
little animals have invaded houses and destroyed many gardens in the
lower part of the city. It is I difficult to proceed on the walks in
that that vicinity.
The Hickman Courier (Hickman, Kentucky), 12 July 1901, page 4
Michigan City had a remarkable invasion of frogs which seemed to have
been rained down last week. Thousands of them appeared oh the streets
and lawns Thursday night, and especially under the glare of electric
lamps, to catch insects attracted by the light. They approached lighted
doorways and even invaded homes. There were frogs of all sizes from the
normal down to those no larger than a pea. and the remains of them are
seen in streets and on sidewalks, where they were crushed by vehicles or
The Plymouth Tribune (Plymouth, Indiana), 02 Oct. 1902, page 5
A gentleman of this town, who was at Seneca City on Sunday last, and
who has character for veracity, says that it rained down frogs in
abundance at that place on that morning. As an evidence that they came
from the clouds, he states that they were seen to fall into a house
through a broken window pane, and that a sprinkling pot that was filled
with rain water had several frogs in it. Considering the size of the
opening in a sprinkling pot, they certainly must have come thick and
fast in order for several to have gotten into a single vessel of that
The Anderson Intelligencer (Anderson Court House, South Carolina), 08
April 1880, page 3
Rained Fish and Frogs.
Leavenworth, Ind., Aug. 1. Minute fish and frogs
fell hero Thursday in a regular shower. The fish were three fourths of
an inch in length, and the frogs less than one-half inch. Many were
preserved in alcohol by the citizens, to convince, skeptics that the
phenomena really occurred.
The evening bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky), 01 Aug. 1891, page 4
Heavy Shower of Frogs.
NEWPORT. Ind. July 29. - During the rain on last Monday morning at
Hillsdale not less than a carload of young frogs was rained down en the
streets. They were so thick that a person could not move with
out stepping on them. There was not a frog In town before the
The Indianapolis journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 30 July 1902, page 4
IT RAINED FROGS
Utica NY, July 11. A message from Gouverneur states that in a
heavy wind and rainstorm there thousands of small
frogs fell covering sidewalks to such an extent that walking was
difficult. The rails on a railroad for half a mile were covered
and rendered so slippery that the speed of the trains was materially
The Salt Lake herald (Salt Lake City, Utah), 12 July 1909, front page
II RAINED FROGS
OLYMPIA, Nov. —While returning from a hunting trip near Plum station,
about fourteen miles south of here, today, two hunters, Will Roseman, an
employe of the state land office, and James Fennell, were in the midst
of a shower of frogs, which made it nearly impossible for them to
proceed on their way. The buggy in which they were riding was
literally covered, and the road almost became impassable on
account of the slipper underfootlng, the bodies of the frogs tripping
the horse. They aver that it took them nearly an hour to make a mile
before the flood of frogs ceased.
The Tacoma times (Tacoma, Washingston), 29 Nov. 1909, page 7
Some of the hail-stones, says the Fredericksburg News, during the
hail storm which passed over that section on the 1st
instant, weighed six pounds. About 100 frogs
were also rained down on the devoted city of Fredericksburg.
The Western Democrat (Charlotte, North Carolina), 21 July 1857, front
[this is one of the rare cases were two unusual phenomena are
Was it a Shower of Frogs?
In the town of Coventry, the other day, a road was shoveled through
snow from four to six feet deep a distance of 40 rods, and, the next
morning, the road was strewn with frogs and lizards,
there probably being two bushels at least. It Is a mystery where they
came from. One theory Is that a nest where they were wintering was
stirred up. Some,however, think there was a shower or frogs the night
before, as it rained quite heavily. If the former
theory is correct, the reptiles must have been wintering In the snow, as
the workmen did not shovel in any place to within a foot of the earth.
The occurrence presents question for the curious to solve.
Vermont Phœnix (Brattleboro, Vermont), 19 May 1876, front page
[another rare case, where two different species of animals rained
RAINED GREEN FROGS AND BOYS WERE HAPPY
WILMINGTON Del. July 21. It rained little green frogs here last
night. Thousands of the specimens descended during a heavy storm and
today they covered the ground in many sections. of Wilmington. The frogs
were about a half inch in length and were queer looking. One place in
particular where they were in evidence in large numbers was the
Christiana river. It is generally believed they dropped from the clouds.
Myriads of them hopped away others jumped into the river while countless
others were killed by boys.
The Washington Times (Washington D.C.), 22 July 1906, page 10
It Rained Frogs.
Pine Bluff, Ark., Sept. 29.— This evening a tremendous rain poured
down with millions of small frogs. The principal
streets in the business part of town were covered with these pests, in
half an hour nearly all disappeared.
St. Paul Daily Globe. (Saint Paul, Minnesota), 30 Sept. 1893, page 4
It Rained Frogs
Rochester N.Y., June 24. Frogs rained down for two hours in Albion.
The entire village was covered with dead and dying frogs.
Owingsville Outlook. (Owingsville, Kentucky), 27 June 1901, page 3
It rained frogs in Missouri Wednesday. Philip Shearer, a farmer near
Mexico reports that from 8.000 to 10.000 of the
batrachians fell on his place. They were of all sizes, and very much
alive. Look out for a glut in the frog-leg market.
The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 May 1892, page 2
Rained Fishes and Frogs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 26 The report comes from Fort Scott that in
one of the heaviest storms which ever visited that
section of Kansas thousands of small fishes and frogs fell from the sky.
The market place was covered and thousands of the fishes were taken from
pools of water loft by the rain.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), 27 June 1904, page 11
[ Scientific American (July 12, 1873) reported another shower of frogs which darkened the air and
covered the ground for a long distance is the reported result of a
recent rainstorm at Kansas City, Mo."]
A Shower of Fish and Frogs
It's a fact, and every man, woman, and child in Limerick will swear
to it, that fish andd frogs in countless numbers were rained down from
the clouds on Monday evening in that suburb, and filled the puddles and
laid scattered over the ground in countless numbers. Who will dare to
say after this that Limerick is not a suburb of more than ordinary
advantages. Louisville Ledger.
The Hickman Courier (Hickman, Kentucky), 29 June 1872, page 4
Last Thursday hundreds of small frogs were rained down in the streets
of Pulaski. They all hopped straight towards the branch the first hop.
The Pulaski Citizen (Pulaski, Tennessee), 20 July 1882, page 3
Shower of frogs - In the neighbourhood of Artesia, in Lowndes County,
Mississippi, it rained frogs last week. The ground was perfectly black
The Penny Press (Cincinnati, Ohio), 27 Aug. 1859, front page
Rained Frogs at Junction City.
Junction City, Kan., May 13. For twenty-four hours it rained frogs
here, at least that would be the reason as signed in the ancient times,
for the plague of green croakers which descended upon this city
following the recent heavy rains. Millions of
them, one would judge from the great disturbance their nightly
concerts creates, are concentrated in a low portion of ground near the
business section of the city. Their chorus may be heard for more than a
half mile and the noise drowns out that of the switch engines in the
nearby railroad yards. The steady rain softened the earth so that the
frogs buried under the ground were able to crawl out.
The Topeka State journal (Topeka, Kansas), 13 May 1921, page 6
WHENCE CAME THE FROGS?
A Shower In New Jersey Suggest Some Scientific
During a thunderstorm in New Jersey lately it "rained frogs" to such
an extent that , according to the testimony of multitudinous witnesses ,
the streets of Port Morris were alive with hundreds of these creatures.
Here's a state of things which science can no more explain to-day than
it could two thousand years ago. It is still said, of course, that these
frogs were sucked up in marshes and carried into the clouds, but no
human being ever yet saw a frog thus taken up and it is odd that
nothing is ever "raised to eminence in this way except the frog, though
plenty of other living things may be near by all ready to be sucked up.
A good many observers hold to the curious and interesting opinion that
under certain very rare electrical conditions life seems generated
spontaneously. The frog is a peculiarly electrical creature, and in
fact, first suggested the existence of animal magnetism as a distinct
force to science. If any animal could be thus suddenly and strangely
called into being it might well be the frog. Now that the university
extension professors are setting to work teaching the people science, it
would be interesting to hear them explain mysteries such-as the descent
of frogs, which has been the talk of Port Morris and all the region
The McCook tribune (McCook, Nebraska), 29 Oct. 1897, page 6
Where Do Those Frogs Come From?
During the storm on Sunday night, two breaks occurred in the
Ohio canal one mile from Dover. Dry Hollow, a small ravine in the plains
near Dover, was flooded to the depth of several feet Fences were swept
away by the current across two or three farms. On Monday morning several
persons thought that from the noises in the hollow, there must be a
large flock of sheep in the water, among the rails and other debris, and
unable to reach dry land. Others whose hearing was equally acute,
declared that the noises resembled the brawling of hundreds of calves,
more than the bleating of sheep. Owners of stock figured up, in
imagination, heavy losses, and proceeded with anxious countenances to
rescue as many of the animals as had survived the storm during the
night. But on reaching the spot whence the piteous noises proceeded, no
sheep nor calves were to ba seen. Instead, however, there were
thousands of large bullfrog, perched upon rails and logs, and
each one exerting himself to the utmost to make a louder croak than his
neighbor. Now, the question is, were these frogs rained down, from the
clouds with the sheets of water that fell during the night, or did they
travel from the river, a distance of nearly a mile, during the rain?
There are no ponds in "Dry Hollow," and the frogs
certainly came from some locality. Tuscarawas (0.) Chronicle.
Source: Public ledger (Memphis, Tennessee), 23 July 1866, front page
Gainesville's Frog Sensation Exploded by Federal
(By Associated Press.)
Gainesville, July 26 -No frogs fell from the sky here Thursday night
and Friday morning and so far as local experts on "frogology" have been
able to ascertain, such a phenomenon never has occurred any where else.
It rained heavily here and the presence of
thousands of small frogs hopping about Friday morning after the
downpour resulted in the sending out of news stories to the effect that
it had rained frogs. The Smithsonian Institution, at Washington, and
other authorities, declare that the presence of multitudes of small
frogs after heavy rains often results in reports that frogs have fallen
from the clouds but that the idea is all wrong. The frogs were there
before the downpour, hidden in cracks and crevices of the earth. An
unusually heavy rain simply floods their hiding places and they are
forced to abandon them and come out into the open or drown.
Palatka daily news (Palatka, Florida), 28 July 1921, page 3
3. Other Sources
Minneapolis, Minnesota was pelted with frogs and toads in July, 1901.
A news item stated: "When the storm was at its highest... there appeared
as if descending directly from the sky a huge green mass. Then followed
a peculiar patter, unlike that of rain or hail. When the storm abated
the people found, three inches deep and covering an area of more
than four blocks, a collection of a most striking variety of
frogs... so thick in some places travel was impossible." (I didn't
find the original news article, but the next paragraph gives the same
date and place, so this is probably the same event): "PLAGUE OF FROGS
Bicyclists Run Over Them by the Thousands. New York Sun Special
Services. Seneca Falls, N. Y., July 32.—Wheelmen on the path through the
marshes around this village came home with their wheels literally
dripping with blood and would be pedestrians shun the open country
because of the plague of frogs. There are many millions of them,
none ever an inch long. hatched and protected by unusually favorable
conditions. As the frogs are of the edible brand epicures are looking
forward to a feast." (The Minneapolis journal., July 12, 1901 )
London newspapers reported that on August 17,1921 innumerable little
frogs appeared during a thunderstorm in the northern
part of London. Mrs S. Mowday went to see a Royal Navy display on the
Meadow Platt in Sutton Park, near Birmingham, on June 12th, 1954, and
recounted: "I attended the display with my young son and daughter. It
was a Saturday and there were frequent heavy showers...We tried to
shelter from a shower under the trees...when we were bombarded by tiny
frogs, which seemed to come down with the rain. There were literally
thousands of them. They descended on our umbrellas, on
us and we were afraid to walk for fear of treading on them."
The citizens of Naphlion, a city in southern Greece, were surprised
one morning in May, 1981, when they awoke to find small green frogs
falling from the sky. Weighing just a few ounces each, the frogs landed
in trees and plopped into the streets. The species of frog was native to
In 1995, reports Fortean Times Online, Nellie Straw of Sheffield,
England, was driving through Scotland on holiday with her family when
they encountered a severe storm. Along with the heavy rain, however,
hundreds of frogs suddenly pelted her car.
countless frogs fall from the sky," said Odzaci resident
Aleksandar Ciric. The frogs, different from those usually seen
in the area, survived the fall and hopped around in search of
Mail and Guardian)
Frogs fall from the sky in rural Serbia Belgrade. Thousands of
tiny frogs rained on a town in north-western Serbia, the Belgrade daily
Blic reported on Tuesday. Strong winds brought storm clouds over Odzaci,
120km north-west of Belgrade, on Sunday afternoon, but instead of rain,
tiny amphibians fell from above, witnesses said. "I saw
Οn the 17th of June, 1963, in Porto Lago of Coomotini
(Thrace, north Greece), several drivers reported that during a
very heavy rain, around midnight, they saw little living frogs
coming down with the rain.
Οn the 29th of June, 1979, nearly 16 years after the
June, 1963 fall in Comotini, another fall of frogs took place in the
same area. Ιn the Aegira area, near Comotini, thousands of them fell
simultaneously with the rain. The frog fall was so heavy
that the cars moving on the road connecting Aegira and Comotini had to
stop for a while because the road was completely covered with frogs.
Οn the 17th of
June, 1963, in Porto Lago of Coomotini (Thrace, north Greece), several
drivers reported that during a very heavy rain, around
midnight, they saw little living frogs coming down with the rain.
(Source: Apogevmatini, 19 June 1979).
Οn the 29th of June, 1979, nearly 16 years after the
June, 1963 fall in Comotini, another fall of frogs took place in the
same area. Ιn the Aegira area, near Comotini, thousands
of them fell simultaneously with the rain. The frog fall was so
heavy that the cars moving on the road connecting Aegira and
Comotini had to stop for a while because the road was completely covered
with frogs. (Source: Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia, 1 July 1979)
On September 7, 1953, a downpour of frogs and
toads “of all descriptions” began falling from the sky over Leicester,
Massachusetts. The streets seemed to be alive with them and children
gathered them into buckets using their hands, making a game of the
In August, 1814, after several weeks of drought
and heat, a storm broke one Sunday about 3:30 p. m., upon the village of
Fremon, a quarter league from Amiens (France). This storm was preceded
by bursts of wind so violent that they shook the church
and frightened the congregation. While traversing the space separating
the church from presbytery, we were soaked, but what surprised me was to
be struck on my person and my clothing by small frogs. A large number of
these small animals hopped about on the ground. On arriving at the
presbytery, we found the floor of one of the rooms in which window
facing the storm had been left open covered with water and frogs.