Denmark’s Black Sun
Like a Bible plague come to life, flocks of more than a million European starling nearly blot out the sun each spring in Denmark. The birds gather together as they migrate north in the warming weather to spend their summer in the marshlands of western Denmark. Onlookers gather to watch the sky turn black as they birds pass through.
Venezuela’s Everlasting Lightning Storm
Deep in the heart of Venezuela at the mouth of the Catatumbo river, the mysterious “Relámpago del Catatumbo” lights up the sky on an almost constant basis. 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour, cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes across the sky and forms a voltage arc more than five kilometers high. It is considered the greatest single generator of ozone on the entire planet.
Kerala’s Red Rain
From 25 July to 23 September 2001, the people of Kerala, India witnessed rainfall that was the color of blood that stained the clothes of those caught in the storms. Initial investigations led to the idea that the rains were colored by a hypothetical meteor burst, but a study commissioned by the Government of India concluded that the rains had been colored by airborne spores from locally prolific terrestrial algae.
The colored rains of Kerala gained widespread attention in 2006 when Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar of the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam proposed a controversial argument that the colored particles were extraterrestrial cells. However, these claims and data have yet to be verified and reported in any peer reviewed publication. The rain continues to occur at times today in India and nearby Sri Lanka.
Honduras’ Rain of Fishes
Every year a festival known as “Festival de la Lluvia de Peces” (Rain of Fish Festival) is celebrated in the city of Yoro, Departamento de Yoro, Honduras. This festival is in honor of the annual fish rain that occurs between the months of May and July. Witnesses claim that this phenomenon starts with a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds, and heavy rain that lasts for hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground.