Seattle's mystery hum

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  1. joeposts says:

    David Lynch filming nearby?

  2. Paul Renault says:

    Collective tinnitus?

  3. GawainLavers says:

    It’s the sound that accompanies the beginning of a resonance cascade.

  4. Boundegar says:

    Orbital mind control lasers.

  5. Deidzoeb says:

    Diesel generators keeping a massive indoor grow operation off the grid. Just like my neighbors.

  6. stuck411 says:

    Sorry. I should probably close my window when I’m practicing my throat singing. Just be grateful I gave up the bagpipes some years ago.

  7. It’s the sound of hipsters thinking.

  8. awjt says:

    I got a mysterious hummer once; just a college thing, I guess.

  9. Amorette says:

    With all the internet available, why are people still being puzzled by this?  NPR had an article on hum in San Francisco.  During the fifties, when Cold War paranoia was at its height, San Franciscans were afraid it was Soviet submarines.  Then some genius looked through back issues of newspapers and discovered the hum dated back long before the Soviet Union or submarines.  In the early days, locals knew exactly what caused the sound.
    It’s a particular fish — I can’t recall the exact species –and we hear a hum when a whole lot of them are around.  People run around panicking and nobody takes the time to find out what they are panicking about was figured out generations ago.

  10. show me says:

    It’s a plainfin midshipman male fish mating call. On your way, nothing else to see here.

  11. Chris Torkildson says:

    Whatever it is, it obviously has forgotten the words :-)

  12. IndexMe says:

    How about someone makes an android app that records and uploads intensity, gps location and timestamp? Then a crowdsourcing site can distribute the data and people can triangulate the source.

    I’m no expert and it might be something freaky like electrical wires vibrating from magnetic induction and solar / electrical storms, or subterranean conduction, who knows but with enough people using the app even such sources can be identified. The timestamp will help distant factories and astronomers identify not so obvious culprits too. 

    • awjt says:

      I am coding an iPhone app that crawls the interwebs for the phrase, “How about someone makes an app” (and derivations) and it uses natural language processing to parse the specifications and draws upon its vast library of code snippets to create, test, deploy and market the desired app.  To get started, just enter your VISA or MasterCard number in the sign-on box, and it will start listening.

  13. Ed Ligget. Tuba. says:

    It’s probably something similar to this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri0gSOJk_J8

  14. Jim Farrell says:

    There is a hum on Vashon Island as well, directly across puget sound from West Seattle.

  15. YakHerder says:

    Maybe it’s coming from the same source as this mysterious phenomenon… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Windshield_Pitting_Epidemic

  16. Luther Blissett says:

    Sounds akin to the laughter epidemic in East Africa some time ago. :)

  17. I have heard it here  sw thistle st.  must be machines that run in the middle of the early morns I was awoken about 4 am to it low humming within the last 3 weeks or so 

  18. In other news, Seattleites are highly caffeinated. 

  19. Erich Iveans says:

    Huh.  I live in West Seattle and this is news to me.

  20. It’s Skynet charging up the killer cheetahbot batteries

  21. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Millions of espresso machines steaming soy lattes?

  22. gokid says:

    This was a really good episode of Fringe…

  23. Sam Feinson says:

    At least it’s preferable to the Tacoma Aroma.

  24. unaboomer says:

    Its not fish, Ft Lewis or Bangor. Its J.Z. Knight!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Z._Knight

  25. Vnend says:

    I hear multiple sounds and some complex harmonics. The fundamental sound reminds me of the big engines in towboats on the Ohio and Mississippi. The way the harmonics build and decline reminds me of playing with Tibetan singing bowls.

    So we just need to find a ship or boat with powerful engines and a really big resonating bowl on it or that it is cruising along in/beside.

    Isn’t there a Naval base on the sound that supports submarines?  Very contented submarines, it seems.

  26. pjcamp says:

    I’m not believing it until someone finds one next to a Dynamo.

  27. dilinger says:

    The racoons are preparing their attack.  They’ve mastered use of power tools.  It’s only a matter of time..

    (Last time I was in West Seattle, a family of them sauntered across the street while I was trying to wrangle a bee hive into the car.)

  28. B A says:

    My money’s on transmission reflections from stations like HAARP.

  29. Will England says:

    No one mentioning the Taos Hum?
     - Bruce Sterling, _Heavy Weather_

  30. Eric Wethy says:

    http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/June98/fish/sounds.html

    It’s a fish.  CA community experienced the same thing in the 80′s

  31. Also in Washington, Vashon Island is known to have a mysterious intermittent hum.

  32. Laura Harden says:

    The above mentioned fish that forgot the words, must get around.

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