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It’s raining ice April 14, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Science.

Earth is weird. I know this. But large ice chunks falling from the sky? I know, I know what you are thinking, airplanes. But it's not that obvious. Or maybe it is, depending on who you talk to.

Last Saturday, at Bushrod Park in Oakland, CA a huge chunk of ice slammed into the ground flinging dirt and ice several feet into the air. "The impact left a crater 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep in the turf," according to the San Fransisco Chronicle story on the incident. This other story is a bit more detailed and appeared in both The Oakland Tribune and the Alameda-Times Star.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time mystery ice has rained down from above and the Oakland Tribune story quotes scientist as saying that some of the reports originate from a time when airplanes did not exist or at least were not as ubiquitous as they are today.

I found this story on the phenomenon from the Seattle Post Intelligencer in Dec. 2003. The Seattle PI story mentions the same Spanish scientist as the Oakland Tribune story.

Anyway. There are numerous reports of this kind of thing, with ice chunks ranging in size from 25 to 400 pounds. Very strange indeed. One thing is certain, for the time being the cause of this oddity remains a mystery.


1. Peter Jones - May 14, 2006

See Martinez-Frias et al (2005) “Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry”:

Click to access megacryometeors_JAC.pdf

Source website:

2. dr. gonzo - May 14, 2006

Wow. Thanks Peter.

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