Unusual sounds have been heard by visitors to the breathtaking Yellowstone National Park. Visitors of this incredible location have been for years claiming they have heard some kind of enigmatic music from the sky around the shoreline of Yellowstone lake.
The sound was mostly been described as the ringing or telephone wires or as a swarm of bees. The sound is moving all the time and at first you can hear it somewhere in the distance as it grows rapidly until you have a feeling that something is directly over your head, and than the sounds vanishes as it goes into other direction.
First time this phenomena was written about in 1890 when a biology Professor Edwin Linton wrote about this phenomena, while he was on a U.S. Fish Commission project. After him Hiram M. Chittenden wrote about this mystic lake music in 1895. Chittenden was an accomplished engineer with rigorous scientific discipline who built roads and bridges in the park, as well as locks in Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal. He was not given to idle speculation or unsubstantiated gossip about seemingly magical events. But, he was the one who wrote about it.
The sounds appear to take place at or near Yellowstone Lake or Shoshone Lake on a clear day when there is little or no wind and the waters are still, usually in the morning.
In 1930, F. C. Marvin, chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau, who based his ideas on observations by Glen Jefferson, a Yellowstone meteorologist. also wrote about this strange sound on the lake. Marvin has noted that temperature inversions are not uncommon above Yellowstone Lake, where warmer air above the lake sits atop cooler air near the water’s surface.
He posited that such inversions “may alter the normal way that the air conducts sound,” he stated. “It might produce sound mirages, in which distant noises of geysers, birds or steamboats might appear to come from near at hand.”
Sounds like an explanation, if there are mirages in the deserts which can trick your eye, why there wouldn’t be mirages that trick your ear? Still this is something that makes me wonder.
Other theories written by Stephen Forbes, of the Illinois State Natural History Survey, who wrote about hearing the lake sounds while on the same expedition as Linton.
“No scientific explanation of this really bewitching phenomenon has ever been published, although it has been several times referred to by travelers, who have ventured various crude guesses at its cause, varying from that commonest catch-all of the ignorant, ‘electricity,’ to the whistling of the wings of ducks and the noise of Steamboat Geyser,” Forbes wrote. “It seems to me to belong to the class of aerial echoes, but even on that supposition I cannot account for the origin of the sound.”
This phenomena has no real explanation yet, but I am sure with all the equipment we have now-days soon there will be some solution and answers to this mystery.
Author: Stela Todjers
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