Red rain in December

L’Annee Scientifique, 1888-75, reports that a substance like somewhat coagulated blood fell in Cochin China on Dec. 13, 1887.

On Dec. 28, 1860, in northwestern Siena, Italy, a reddish rain fell “copiously” for two hours, beginning about 7 a.m. A second red shower occurred at 11 a.m. Three days later, the red rain fell again, and again the next day. “Each fall,” Fort records, “occurred in ‘exactly the same quarter of town.’” (Year Book of Facts, 1861-273)

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p40 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

A great quantity of corpuscles

Fort quotes a story in Comptes Rendus, 23-832, about a tremendous red rain in France, Oct. 16 and 17, 1846. The explanation was that the rain was colored by matter swept up from the earth’s surface and then precipitated. But a later issue of the journal, 24-625, described the rain as “so vividly red and so blood-like that many persons in France were terrified.” A chemist who analyzed the matter noted “a great quantity of corpuscles–whether blood-like corpuscles or not,” while another set down organic matter at 35%.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p251 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).