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Amazing Events and Phenomena

The Day it Rained Geese

On April 22, 1932 it rained geese in Elgin, Manitoba. The hapless flock had been flying overhead on their way to their summer nesting grounds when they got caught in an electrical storm. Struck by lightning, 52 geese fell from the sky onto the small town. Their goose was cooked! There was no point in letting the birds go to waste. The townspeople gathered them up and served them on dinner tables throughout the town.

Hand-coloured engraving and aquatint of two Canada geese, 1838

Canada geese

Hand-coloured engraving and aquatint of two snow geese, 1837

Snow geese


Hancock, Crazy Canadian Trivia. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2002.

"J. Anderson Remembers 52 Geese Killed by Lightning." Richardson's Roundup Program Logs, CBC Radio, April 22, 2002.

Kirkpatrick, Don. "The Data Bank." Eye on the Sky Newsletter. Volume 4, issue 2, Spring 2003. Louisville, Kentucky: National Weather Service.