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Mushy apples on car Meteorologists believe the downpour of apples was caused by a small tornado. (Karin Smeds / Folio Images / Getty Images)

Cloudy With a Chance of Apples

A downpour of apples surprises a city in England

By Zach Jones | January 6 , 2012
<p>The apples primarily hit a busy intersection in Coventry. (Jim McMahon) </p>

The apples primarily hit a busy intersection in Coventry. (Jim McMahon)

It’s raining cats and dogs—and apples? It’s true! On a Monday evening in mid-December, more than 100 apples fell from the sky in Coventry, England.

People who saw the falling fruit did not know what to think. “The apples fell out of nowhere,” says one bystander, who was driving when the apples began to rain down. “They were small and green and hit the [car’s hood] hard. Everybody had to stop their cars suddenly.”

Most of the apples landed on a busy intersection in the English city. No one was hurt, but traffic came to a standstill. Cars and roads were covered with mushy apples.

Some speculated that the apples fell from a plane. But meteorologists think the most likely cause was a small but powerful tornado, a whirlwind of swirling air. The tornado may have sucked up the fruit from an apple orchard and carried it miles away. Once the energy driving the whirlwind died down, the apples would have fallen, seemingly out of nowhere.

“We’ve all heard of fish and frogs falling from the sky,” explains Jim Dale of the British Weather Service, “and apples [raining down] is certainly unusual because they have some weight to them, but it is not out of the realm of possibility.”

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