BEIJING, CHINA: Residents of China’s Liaoning province have apparently been urged to find shelter and use umbrellas after what appeared to be a deluge of worms in the city. A bizarre clip that has now gone viral showed the area covered in small worms, which were splashed onto cars along the sidewalk. Residents were seen protecting themselves with umbrellas as they walked past the scene.
The exact cause of the apparent calamity had not yet been established at the time of publication, but the scientific journal Mother Nature suggested that the animals could have been let loose after being swept away by strong gusts of wind. The periodical also said such events occur after a storm when insects are caught in a whirlwind. Another theory was that the area was actually littered with poplar blossoms, a tulip tree whose flowers are said to resemble worms.
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‘Rain of Worms’
The video in question was shared on Twitter by the Rio Times, which wrote that a “rain of worms” had inundated Beijing this week.
A “rain of worms” floods Beijing
A “rain of worms” flooded Beijing this week, according to videos circulating on social media. In the images, it is possible to see the “animals” cover the streets and vehicles. pic.twitter.com/V2uaX6Oowk
— The Rio Times (@TheRioTimes) March 8, 2023
Some agreed that they were indeed verses falling from the sky, even making biblical comparisons. “Oh cool. Another chapter of the Apocalypse is happening,” one said. “It looks like a plague my friends. Repent and accept Jesus into your hearts before it’s too late,” agreed another.
“It’s rare but not impossible for earthworms to fall from the sky during rain, a phenomenon called ‘earthworm rain,'” someone else said. “This usually happens when specific weather conditions occur, such as strong winds that lift earthworms and carry them into clouds, where they can be carried long distances before falling back to the ground with rain,” they added.
Oh cool. Another chapter of Revelation is happening.
— NW Hiker (@NWTallDad_2) March 10, 2023
Sounds like a plague my friends. Repent and accept Jesus into your hearts before it’s too late.
— Tristan Margana (@Tristan_Margana) March 10, 2023
It is rare but not impossible for earthworms to fall from the sky during rain, a phenomenon called “earthworm rain”. This usually happens when specific weather conditions occur, such as strong winds that lift earthworms and carry them into clouds, where they can be carried… https://t.co/W8sdksTHM0
— Alfred (@Alfred__info) March 10, 2023
Others, however, were convinced the clip was fake and that the “worms” were actually flower stalks that had fallen from trees.
“I am in Beijing and this video is fake. Beijing has no rain these days,” one replied. “God, please, car license plates are marked 辽 (Liaoning) not 京 (Beijing). And these are not worms or animals, but flower stalks fallen from trees” , insisted another. “That’s so wrong! It hasn’t rained in Beijing for a long time! Where did you find it? Is the United States scared?” someone else intervened.
I am in Beijing and this video is fake. Beijing has no rainfall these days.
— Shen Shiwei 沈诗伟 (@shen_shiwei) March 10, 2023
My God, please car license plates are marked with 辽 (liaoning) not 京 (beijing). And these are not worms or animals, but flower stalks fallen from trees.
— Hank (@hankinbeijing) March 10, 2023
It is so wrong! It hasn’t rained in Beijing for a long time! Where did you get it? Are the United States afraid?
— 孫松 (@CHN_sunsong) March 10, 2023
It’s raining animals
According to the Library of Congress, reports of animal rains date back to ancient civilizations. This doesn’t literally mean that the animals “rain” like water, since no one has seen frogs or fish vaporize into the atmosphere before the rain. However, scientists believe that strong winds such as those from a tornado or hurricane are strong enough to lift animals, people, trees, and even houses – and so it’s possible they could suck things up. worms or fish and “rain” them elsewhere.
A similar event occurred last December when it was thought colder temperatures could bring tree iguanas to rain, The New York Post reported. “They slow down or stand still when it’s below 40,” WFTV weatherman Brian Shields explained on Twitter last winter. “They may fall from trees, but they are not dead.”
🦎 Falling iguanas possible this weekend — especially Saturday night!🦎 pic.twitter.com/s2SGQDS8vW
— Brian Shields, WFTV (@BrianWFTV) January 26, 2022
The phenomenon is said to be common when colder weather hits the Sunshine State, with the sudden drop in temperatures causing reptiles to stiffen and fall to the ground. However, thermometer dips only stun cold-blooded animals and they will wake up especially when temperatures return to normal.
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