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Don't fret Alaska's cool, wet summer. It could be raining seaweed.

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published August 8, 2012

Summer has been rather cool and wet across much of Alaska this year, but it could always be worse. According to the UK's The Telegraph, a neighborhood in England's Southwest corner woke up to a rather unexpected sight Wednesday morning.

Residents of a Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England suburb were a bit shocked to find their cars, driveways, gardens and homes covered in marine algae following a summer storm.

Area weather experts say the algae -- mostly seaweed debris -- was probably swept up off a nearby beach, carried and dumped in the suburban neighborhood by a "freak" twister during a thunderstorm.

Dr. Richard Overton, an engineer living in Berkeley, told The Telegraph he and his family collected an entire bucket of the algae just from their front garden.

Overton explained, "I looked out the window after a very big storm finished, and to my amazement there were lots of flecks of seaweed scattered over the garden. I've heard stories of fish being picked up and dumped by storms but never seaweed." He added, "It's a shame really, because had it have been fish we could have made a tasty dish."

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