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Seaweed rains down over UK street

By T.K. Randall
August 9, 2012 · Comment icon 17 comments



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Berkeley residents were left perplexed when large amounts of seaweed started to rain down from the sky.
[!gad]Weather experts believe that a freak twister would have picked up the seaweed from a beach 20 miles away and transported it inland before raining it down over the town. 55-year-old Dr Richard Overton went out in to his garden afterwards and managed to collect up a whole bucket of it. "I looked out of the window after a very big storm finished and to my amazement there were lots of flakes of seaweed scattered over the garden," he said.

Ian Fergusson from the Met Office was able to provide his take on how the incident occurred. "If one of the funnel clouds touched down onto the beach, making it a tornado, it could have quite possible picked up the seaweed and other debris if the tide was out and then later dumped it down the road at Berkeley Heath," he said.
They were stunned to find their homes, gardens and cars littered with the smelly marine algae after a stormy weather spout swept up the debris from a beach 20 miles away.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (17)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jacques Terreur 10 years ago
finally a real fortean news article! Lava_Lady is right, though....one should think that a twister picks up pretty much EVERYTHING of a certain weight, like seaweed, sand, fish, clams....not only one particular thing!?!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Coffey 10 years ago
How can a twister pick up only one thing? Shouldn't there also be some sand, rocks, pieces of wood, etc.? Not sure, some seaweed floats to the surface doesn't it? And it's above the sand and rocks as well. So they might have just been to far down.
Comment icon #10 Posted by kwin 10 years ago
I wonder if there is a fairly easy way to match the seaweed with it's source? It's odd that so many of these 'rains' are single items and not comprised of several different items.
Comment icon #11 Posted by kwin 10 years ago
Stupid twister.. Bet you it bypassed a big-fat bank and a jewelers factory before it ploughed into a big pile of sea weed.. NO wonder twisters have such a bad name! We would probably just get bricks LOL
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns 10 years ago
god is bringing down his wrath on UK lol
Comment icon #13 Posted by Lava_Lady 10 years ago
Not sure, some seaweed floats to the surface doesn't it? And it's above the sand and rocks as well. So they might have just been to far down. Yes, it's true, some sea weeds do float. I live in Hawaii and occasionally there are beds of sea weed floating, but, thereis always a plethora of things mixed into it. Even live crabs and other ocean crud.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Professortaylor 10 years ago
Professortaylor, on 10 August 2012 - 03:16 PM, said: Stupid twister.. Bet you it bypassed a big-fat bank and a jewelers factory before it ploughed into a big pile of sea weed.. NO wonder twisters have such a bad name! We would probably just get bricks LOL Heavier items would fall closer the event.. In the case of Bricks they would more likely fall closer to the banks & jewelers onto bankers, parking wardens & wheel clampers..
Comment icon #15 Posted by hetrodoxly 10 years ago
The wrong type of weed.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Arbenol68 10 years ago
god is bringing down his wrath on UK lol By throwing seaweed at it? He has the choice of flood, fire, pestilence, death upon the firstborn, etc.... And he decides on algae. That'll teach'em
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mykhailo 10 years ago
I'm not a scientist and did NOT play one on TV... but I'd think that they should test the seaweed and if that does not work then all they have to do is test the sand that came embedded in the seaweed to determine where this seaweed came from. This is how the USA discovered where the Japanese ballon bombs were coming from during WWII. They tested the sand in the sandbags attached to the ballon bombs, found out which beach had it, and bombed the crap out of that area. Problem solved... no more ballon bombs. I also find it interesting that there is usually only one item that comes down in these s... [More]


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