Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 11:42 AM -
It is an arachnophobes worst nightmare.
Stepping outside to find it is "raining" spiders.
On this day in 2002, a "spider shower" fell over the Blackburn area near Prince George, British Columbia.
"Thousands cover buildings, vehicles and trees," reads a booklet from the BC Ministry of Health.
The booklet was published in 2005 and represents an assessment of the hazards, risks and vulnerabilities of the Interior Health Authority.
While there was no explanation provided for this particular "spider shower," weird, wild and wacky weather has happened before.
In December, 2011, apples fell from the sky over a main road in Coventry, England.
Motorists were forced to swerve and brake to avoid any damage from the falling fruit. Still, some windshields were smashed as the apples littered the street just after rush hour.
Most drivers were left stunned and thought maybe the apples fell from a plane or were tossed by witches that have spooked the area for centuries.
Others figured it was just a prank, but officials from the British Weather Services said it's possible the apples were scooped up by a tornado.
Often if there is a truth behind a falling object, it's in a very localized wind, mini-tornado, dust devil, or water spout, experts say.
It's a whirlwind of something that could pick up creatures or objects and carry them along. Then as the system dies down and the winds get lighter, these objects fall in a strange territory.