BOSTON - A meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boston got quite the surprise Friday morning when she opened up the rain gauge to take the morning report, only to find a small green friend had gotten a jump on the data.
[7 am] This little guy gave one of our meteorologists quite the spook when she opened the rain gauge this morning. Don't worry, the frog was safely removed AND we got an accurate rainfall measurement... 0.54" was our 24 hour total here at the office! #mawx #riwx #ctwx #frogwx pic.twitter.com/qeoql3hsTm— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) September 10, 2021
"Don't worry, the frog was safely removed AND we got an accurate rainfall measurement," NWS Boston said, tallying 0.54 inches over the past 24 hours.
Of course, as the news leapt around social media, the Twitter peanut gallery had to weigh in.
And of course, the most concerning to weather stat heads:
"What if it drank some?" asked @devondunphy. "I think an (asterisk) is needed in today's historical data log."
Forget raining cats and dogs…
Obviously it wasn't raining frogs in Boston -- at least we're pretty sure. But did you know there have been historical documented observations of it indeed raining frogs?
How can this be? The idea is that a tornado or waterspout rolls over a pond or some body of water and sucks the frogs out of their watery habitat, eventually depositing them somewhere on land -- sometimes miles away!