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Weird Humming Sound/High Point Area


  1. Legoebay
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    Anyone else hearing a weird pulsating humming sound in the vicinity of High Point/Camp Long? It sounds oddly industrial, and it is definitely outside. Low pitch, and it has been going on for probably the last 30 minutes

    Posted 2 years ago #         

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  3. It's Baaaaaaaaaack! ;-)

    (Scroll down to post number 4 in the linked thread.)

    Mike

    Posted 2 years ago #         

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  5. Legoebay
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    I've lived in WS at the same location for five years, and this is the first time I've heard it. Creepy.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  6. Yeah, it's really weird. I've never heard it, AFAIK.

    When I lived in the Morgan Junction area, a buddy of mine that lived across the hall would hear it occasionally. People have different hearing abilities when it comes to some sound frequencies.

    That goes back until before I ever saw it mentioned here on WSB.

    Mike

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  7. I've never heard it until this weekend. Always wondered what it sounded like, now I wish I still didn't know. It is VERY annoying.

    Westwood

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  8. oddreality
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    We heard it at our house also, north of Morgan Junction.Have lived here for 30+ years and this is the first time we have heard it.Two nights so far but the longest and loudest was Friday night.Had to close the window to sleep.Thought at first it was a large fan someplace close by as it got louder then softer like an oscillating fan would do. Not that,it was just the WS hum I guess.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  9. We been hearing it for 2 weeks off and on, and its got to the point that its putting my wife in a bad mood giving her headaches .

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  10. metrognome
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    metrognome

    cowbells. we need more cowbells.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  11. Metrognome: That's hilarious! I'm in Highpoint and can hear the hum through closed windows. It's louder on the north side of the house. Today is the first time in a long time hearing this sound.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  12. Oh thanks, I think it may be the power of suggestion. Now in Upper Fauntleroy, with a window open to the east-facing back yard, I'm thinking I hear something ambient out there. Or maybe it's just the teenager's computer...

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  13. oddreality
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    I hear it again tonight down by Morgan junction.

    Aliens???:)

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  14. Well it's back and worse than ever! Does ANYONE know what it is yet? From my bedroom the last 3 nights it has sounded like a circling helicopter!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  15. elikapeka
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    Don't hear it now, but could hear it late last night (around midnight) in Sunrise Heights from the east-facing side of the house. I've never heard it before in all the years I've lived here.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  16. WSB.
    I've been in Sunrise Heights for 50 years and just started hearing this a couple of years ago. I can tell you that I hear it almost monthly, toward the last weekend of the month. Some months I don't hear it. Time of year doesn't seem to matter. It HAS been getting louder the last few times I've heard it. At first my son thought I was nuts, but he hears it now too. It's NOT power of suggestion and I would love to know what keeps me up all night. I sent a letter to the Mayor this morning I was so desperate!.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  17. In this day and age it is ridiculous that we can't get to the bottom of this. Stick Jesse on it!

    The water tower in our neighborhood "hums" occasionally, but not sure everyone lives within earshot of one.

    It seems to be more "south" than "north" west-Seattle. Does the South Park garbage dumb do something at night that the wind carries West?

    Some kind of airplane manufacturing or repair work from Boeing Field?

    Wind vibrating power lines?

    We need to figure this out - because if it was me hearing it - it would drive me nuts!

    First thing I would do would be to track wind direction with sound observance to get a general direction.

    Good luck.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  18. anotherwsmom
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    We hear it all the time in High Point. We've lived hear for almost 5 years. It's REALLY annoying.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  19. Hearing it now

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  20. Jenniferlouise
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    I can hear it right now...oscillating fan is a great description. It's seriously loud and kept waking me up last night. I had to google humming noise to see if anyone else had been hearing it.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  21. trickycoolj
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    Not at Boeing Field, no significant testing going on locally right now.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  22. Didn't mean to imply "power of suggestion" for anyone but myself. That said, I just got another e-mail about it and I honestly think I can hear it again out there. Going to drive eastward and see if it gets louder. Kinda crazy maybe, but we spend much of our time chasing things down ...

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  23. elikapeka
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    Yeah, it's really loud tonight. Sounds north and east of Sunrise Heights, but it's kind of hard to tell.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  24. inactive
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    westseattledood

    I walked the greenbelt today above Lafarge Corp on W Marginal. Very loud yesterday and today even from afar, but the sound grew so very loud and clear right above their plant that it clinched it for me.

    But I also think that other industries and manufacturers create other periodic noises as well.

    BTW, I am not 100% certain,but Lafarge has yet to comply with EPA fines from 2010 for spewing out benzene mercury and other sorts of nasty poisons into the wind which also happens to carry some weird noises to some of your locations around the area too. Not a very pleasant thought, to be sure.

    Anyway, I am betting that this current "bout" of weird noise is brought to you by river industry.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  25. oddreality
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    It's definitely back and louder than last night.

    They had better not be spewing any poisons all over W. Seattle!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  26. metrognome
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    metrognome

    someone practicing their bagpipes? Does it sound at all like 'Amazing Grace'?

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  27. metrognome
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    metrognome

    clearly, the only solution is a political one; here is KC's Public Health noise pollution page:

    http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/healthyplaces/noise.aspx

    They likely don't have jurisdiction in the city, but lots of resources, incl links to city and state.

    Also, interesting article on the health effects of noise pollution:

    http://seattletimes.com/html/health/2012512853_noise05.html

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  28. Found the dang humming noise!

    We finally were fed up with the infernal noise and went out to look for it. From Highpoint to Highland Park to South Seattle Community College to Pigeon Point and then finally West Marginal.

    The noise is clearly coming from the Lafarge Cement plant.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&q=seattle++lafarge&fb=1&gl=us&hq=lafarge&hnear=0x5490102c93e83355:0x102565466944d59a,Seattle,+WA&cid=0,0,256698972833169082&ll=47.553702,-122.346799&spn=0.006295,0.006295&t=h&iwloc=A&output=embed

    Several previous posts suggested it as the culprit as well. Industrial noise complaints are handled by the DPD. If the noise is bothering you please call them at 206-615-0808 or email noise@seattle.gov while it is happening!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  29. Thanks for the info R0B0

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  30. We have a request out to LaFarge for comment. Also checking with various local agencies. This topic has never entirely gone away but (in addition to the forum posts) we haven't received this many inquiries about it since the last time we wrote about it on the main page in 2009.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  31. oddreality
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    My post #8 was supposed to say "the first time we've heard it this loud" not the first time we've heard it!Not that it matters.

    So LaFarge is the culprit.Not surprised.I believe they are the culprit in the weird smells we get too. A lot of chemical,chlorine type odors that happen at night.We are out a lot with our dogs and smell it frequently.

    Thanks for the phone number..Do you have to call when it is happening??I wonder if you can call it at night and leave a message??The email will be handy also.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  32. kurlygrrl
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    Thank you to westseattledood and R0b0 for identifying the culprit. I live in Sunrise Heights and have noticed "The Hum" frequently since I moved here a little over a year ago. These past few nights have seemed worse than ever. If I didn't already wear earplugs to sleep (the next door neighbors' dog occasionally barks during the wee hours), I sure would have broken them out for this racket.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  33. We're in Highland Park (30 yrs) and this is a new loud grinding hum sound coming from the plant. I went down there last night and shot some video/audio and they have either a new machine or one that they use occasionally. It is very loud. It's been going since Friday 24hrs with a few breaks. Really a problem for me. Keeps me awake etc. I would like a response from Lafarge about what we are hearing and what we can expect in the future. This is way worse than the airplanes and trains we hear because it is relentless and continuos. Hope someone gets the info from them and posts it here. ......by the way as I type this it's going right now at 11pm tues night.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  34. wsparent
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    I've lived in the Westwood neighborhood for 12 years and haven't noticed it until a few days ago. It's awful!

    I've just sent off an e-mail to the DPD. Thank you RObO for posting complaint information.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  35. I am scheduled to talk with LaFarge's operations manager at 7:30 in the morning. If anybody else has audio/video, consider sending to me (or link, if you have put it up somewhere public) at editor@westseattleblog.com - one person has sent me an audio file I'm still trying to figure out how to play - I wasn't able to get out last night after all. But I inquired with them first thing this morning after seeing a couple claims here that it's likely them, and the scheduled conversation in the morning is the result. - TR

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  36. oddreality
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    It started out softer then got loud again.Complaint email sent.
    Be interesting to see what LaFarge has to say.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  37. Riverview
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    I sent an email to noise@seattle.gov just now, and I recommend others do as well. It is extremely loud and incessant in the Riverview area, just above the Duwamish. Annoying during the daytime, and even louder than I've heard it previously tonight. A continous, low monotonous humming/droning noise. Definitely hard to sleep and relax with this going on. Any information you can provide Tracy will be most appreciated!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  38. westcoastdeb
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    Whatever it is, it is horrible for migraines too. Between the keeping me awake and the pitch, it makes me want to hide in a cave.
    Hope this all gets sorted out soon! Seems worst at night, at least in the 18th and Holden vicinity.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  39. anonyme
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    After reading posts about the West Seattle "hum" for several years without ever hearing it, the hum came to Arbor Heights last night with a vengeance. I was awakened about 2 am by the sound; it was still going on at 4 am. Lost a good half night's sleep over this. It definitely has an industrial sound with a vibrational quality that makes it impossible to tune out. Seemed to be coming from the north - whether east or west I couldn't tell. Hope someone gets to the bottom of this, it's affecting thousands of people.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  40. anonyme
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    Hey Metrognome, do you live near that guy, too?

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  41. biankat
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    biankat

    I'm at the very south end of 35th and have been hearing this hum on-and-off for a couple years now. I was awokened just before 4 this morning and the hum kept me up for a good hour before I could get back to sleep. Even the white noise from our fan couldn't negate the low hum coming from outside. Annoying.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  42. Here's what I have.

    http://westseattleblog.com/?p=120976

    No conclusions. But two takeaways:

    Lafarge says they can't say it's NOT them, so they have set up a community hotline you can call. The operations manager would like to work with the community if it can be narrowed down and figured out - if it's them.

    The city, meantime, says that as of first thing this morning they'd only received one complaint. As they told us three years ago, they can't investigate without a pinpoint of what/who is the suspected source. So we have two numbers recommended for them.

    Not the last chapter, but it's a start. - TR

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  43. oddreality
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    Seems to me they ought to be trying to pinpoint where the noise is coming from. How the heck do they think we can do that? Clearly if LaFarge says it is not them it is going to be very difficult to figure out who it might be. They need to step up and help try to find the source.

    At least two of us made complaints last night.Did they check their email??

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  44. trickycoolj
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    It sounds more like the city has only gotten one complaint and they can't pin point the noise from that, but if they get a ton complaints that surround the noise they can maybe inspect in that area? Just a guess.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  45. anonyme
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    I complained, too. This is a well-worn tactic used by a number of Seattle government agencies. Each person who complains is told that their complaint is the only one, therefore easy to dismiss. If they were to admit the truth, they might actually be expected to do something about it.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  46. I sent a letter to the mayor on Monday morning and haven't heard back yet.... Maybe we can find one email, phone number or website that we can ALL complain to and "gang up"? Might get somebody interested?

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  47. It is definitely Lafarge and I can pinpoint the exact location of the sound. It’s in their large tower near the top and is some sort of high power rock grinder or some equipment like that. While I was standing at their front gate, they turned the machine off for a few minutes and it was very clear that this was the culprit. With the machine turned off, the remaining sound from the tower was a typical industrial roar of fans and motors etc, but within reason. They know very clearly that they are responsible for the sound. If needed, I will create a video and post it to youtube taken from the front gate. I shot some from my phone, but will go back down and shoot more footage with my pro gear if they turn it back on tonight. So far, it is off as of 8pm weds.
    I’m starting to think that I’ve heard this sound before over the past few years coming from the plant. And always on weekends. This time was over the entire Labor Day weekend. Makes me wonder if they run it on weekends so they don’t drive all their own office workers crazy during week days.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  48. anonyme
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    LisaH, you've got the right idea. I think we need to set up some kind of petition website. I don't know how to do that. Anyone?

    Of course, some government entities have found a way around petitions as well. They will take a petition with 500 signatures and count it as ONE complaint, as it is a single document. It would also help if we could get some investigative news reporter on the case...Jesse, or someone like him.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  49. Hey guys! Intern at the Bob Rivers Show on KJR FM 95.7 and we've discussed this topic on the show. You can check out our website http://www.bobrivers.com around noon today for our podcast where we go over into some detail about the noise. We have had some callers call in and let us know their best guesses as to what the noise is! They are as follows:

    -A Parking lot cleaner
    -Frog Fish mating
    -Exhaust fans of local plants
    -Other animals and mechanical equipment

    Tune into our website again around noon where you will be able to listen to the full podcast and here the show discuss this topic!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  50. My theory is Frog Fish mating in the duct work of an exhaust fan.

    The sound is amplified and enhanced by the "echo chamber" qualities of the duct work, and dispersed to a large area by the exhaust fan.

    Mike

    Posted 1 year ago #         

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