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Apples Fall From Sky in England - Extraordinary Weather Hits UK

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By Bianca Coombs, Christian Post Contributor
December 15, 2011|12:31 pm

Drivers in Coventry, England were hit with a hailstorm of apples on Wednesday during rush hour.

At 6:45 pm on Monday, what is believed to be tornado winds hit England, whipping apples from a garden or orchard all along Coventry road.

"Everyone had to stop their cars suddenly," a passenger told Daily Mail. "I know the area well and there are no apple trees around."

Senior meteorologist Jim Dale, of the British Weather Services, said the event was more than likely caused by “returning polar maritime air.”

“Essentially these events are caused when a vortex of air, kind of like a mini tornado, lifts things off the ground rising up into the atmosphere until the air around it causes them to fall to earth again.” he told the Daily Mail. “Returning polar maritime air is such an unstable condition and it basically means air returning from the Polar Regions which is very unstable.”

The Telegraph also reports that Britain has been hit with storms all this week. The United Kingdom’s weather service, The Met Office, warned on Wednesday that a storm was expected to hit the south coast Thursday night. The office also reported that on Friday, winds up to 70mph will bombard seafronts along the coastline.

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This is not the first time Britain has experienced a bizarre storm. According to Daily Mail, a 2007 storm in Great Yarmouth, on the east coast of Norfolk, had a rainfall of fish. In a similar incident, frogs fell from the sky in 1996 in Llandewi, Wales.

The explanations came down to the usual effects of a British summer, where a few hot days are accompanied by a thunderstorm. Forceful updrafts on a severely hot day may have sucked the fish and frogs into a developing thunder cloud, and then deposited them again in heavy downwind rain.

 

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