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Everything You Need To Know About The Phenomenon Of Spiders Falling From The Sky

Is it really happening?

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Looks like snow, right? Look again. Those are spiderwebs.

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Photos of spider storms — many a few years old, like the one below — have been going viral the last few days.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the alleged reoccurrence of the spider rain event in southeastern Australia this month.

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They spoke to local Ian Watson, who said his house looked like it had been "abandoned and taken over by spiders."

"The whole place was covered in these little black spiderlings and when I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred meters into the sky," he said.

But why? OH GOD WHY?!?

You'll see spiders in the sky for a myriad of reasons.

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After a heavy rain or flood, spiders that usually burrow in the ground need to come up from the ground to avoid drowning.

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There are other reasons spiders are falling down from the sky — baby spiders also migrate with a phenomenon called "ballooning."

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The babies release a streamer of silk that catches in the wind. That's why spiders can travel ACROSS CONTINENTS.

Spiders in the sky are nothing new. They've been spotted in Florida...

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In Paraguay...

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In Argentina...

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And in Jamaica.

In this video, spiders in Brazil can be seen chilling on electrical lines. They're either hunting or just hanging out before they disperse to reproduce, reported Wired.

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Admit it — now you love spiders.

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Or at least think they're kind of neat.

No? Oh well.

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