Meteorologists report that this kind of thing is not uncommon. Tornadoes suck up many things from the water as they move along and these are carried high up into the weather system were they are as good as frozen. They can be transported many hundreds if not thousands of kilometres before finally falling back to earth and startling us.
Globally here is a list of a few other things that also came down from the sky above. Which reminds me of a good movie about something that fell (or was dropped) to ground - The Gods Must be Crazy. Check it out.
- 1st Century or approximately AD 79, basically a long time ago, Pliny the Elder (Roman writer and naturalist) wrote about storms of fish and frogs.
- 1881 Worcester England - periwinkles and hermit crabs
- 1940 A tornado caused 16th century coins to fall in Russia.
- 1976 In San Luis Obispo California, blackbirds and pigeons rained from the sky for two days.
- 1981 Naphlion, Greece - it was raining small green frogs. Amazingly the species concerned were from North Africa.
In 1997, the crew of a Japanese fishing boat was pulled from the Sea of Japan after clinging to the boat's wreckage for several hours. They were arrested after authorities interrogated them about the boat's fate, as suspects of insurance fraud. However, to a man, they claimed a cow had fallen from the sky and struck the boat, resulting in a huge hole and its rapid sinking.
The crew remained in prison for several weeks until several highly embarrassed Russian air force officials contacted Japanese authorities. It turned out that the crew of a Russian cargo plane had stolen a cow that wandered near their Siberian airfield and forced it onto their plane before they took off for a flight home. Once airborne, the cow apparently panicked and starting rampaging through the cargo hold, causing the crew also to panic because it was affecting the plane's stability. They solved the problem by shoving the cow out of the hold while crossing the Sea of Japan at 30,000 feet.