"in a rain of what were apparently fish"

 Raining animals is a real, if rare, phenomenon.  Frogs and fish have been known to rain down in various parts of the world. Science explains the events as occurring when strong winds, like tornadoes, lift up these animals and deposit them elsewhere. Charles Fort used this phenomenon as evidence to support his own theories on anomalous phenomena.


1555 engraving of rain of fish
Public Domain1555 engraving of rain of fish - Credit: Olaus Magnus

In Honduras, the Lluvia de Peces or “Rain of Fish” occurs annually between May and July. The phenomenon is preceded by a dark cloud, lightning and thunder, strong winds and rain, after which hundreds of living fish are found on the ground. The non-scientific explanation for this phenomenon is the Father Subirana miracle, named after a missionary who visited Honduras and prayed for three days and nights to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Lluvia de Peces has occurred ever since.