A BOY NAMED GMU said...
I've often wondered about frog rain but not enough to look into it. Is it a biblical reference?
To answer your question GMU , throughout history, there have been tales of raining frogs. These stories, as crazy as they may seem, are actually real events! From Biblical tales of Egyptian storms to British towns suddenly finding themselves covered with frogs falling from the sky, such events are caused when a wind storm passes over a pond or lake teaming with frogs, picking them up and dumping them elsewhere.
The straight dope goes into more depth regarding these strange phenomenum
This may lead you to think waterspouts or their inland cousins the whirlwinds are the source of the expression "raining cats and dogs." But there are many competing explanations. A sample:
- It comes from the Greek catadupe, waterfall. In other words, it's coming down in cataracts.
- It comes from the Latin cata doxas, contrary to experience, i.e., it's raining unusually hard.
- In Germanic mythology cats were associated with storms and rain, whereas dogs were attendants of Odin the storm god and were symbols of the winds. Ergo, raining cats and dogs means you have a lot of wind (the dogs' department) and rain (the cats' bailiwick)
- I also heard that during the medieval times the thatch rooves would become weakened under heavy rainfall and would collapse under the weight of a cat climbing on the roof. Hence raining cats and dogs.
Q: What's worse than raining cats and dogs? A: Hailing taxicabs.