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Old 05-14-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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For the past several days there has been a steady humming sound resonating throughout the valley in and around the Big Cove area. It can be heard in Hampton Cove and off of Dug Hill.

It is not the cicada bugs. Anyone know what is is.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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I've heard it too and am completely puzzled. What is it? I find it very annoying because one of the greatest attributes of Hampton Cove is the quietness--now this. Help.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:52 PM
 
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Can you tell what frequency? An overloaded powerline can hum, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of the Huntsville feeds is doing overtime until everything gets restored.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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Those are the 13 year cicadas (also called locusts). They stay underground for 13 years and then come out to mate. The males "sing" to attract the females for mating. They like the warmer weather and sing louder the warmer it is so they are loudest in the afternoon on warm days. You will most likely start seeing dead ones around in the next couple of weeks and the noise will also start to subside. You probably won't hear them in the cities but if you go out near large wooded areas it can be quite loud. Everyone should go out in the country to a heavily wooded area and hear them. It is quite amazing how loud it is and it only comes along every 13 years so it is something for the kids to hear and they will remember it on the next cycle.

In the northern U.S. the 17 year cicada is more prevalent.

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure the sound is not the cicadas. They are all over the country. This sound is a mechanical/electrical sound. I think harry chickpea may be on to something. I'm anxious to get to the bottom of this mysterious sound.

By the way--I have noticed the sound today (Sunday afternoon/evening).
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure the sound is not the cicadas. They are all over the country. This sound is a mechanical/electrical sound. I think harry chickpea may be on to something. I'm anxious to get to the bottom of this mysterious sound.

By the way--I have noticed the sound today (Sunday afternoon/evening).
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure the sound is not the cicadas. They are all over the country. This sound is a mechanical/electrical sound. I think harry chickpea may be on to something. I'm anxious to get to the bottom of this mysterious sound.

By the way--I have noticed the sound today (Sunday afternoon/evening).
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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I think it's too early in the year for the cicadas.
I like the powerline theory.

Edited a few minutes later:
I stand corrected. Cicadas are emerging right now and taking up their quest for love.
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/...around-Alabama

If they only emerge every decade or so, why do I see/hear cicadas every year?

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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If they only emerge every decade or so, why do I see/hear cicadas every year?

HAHA, I was wondering the same when I first heard of cicadas. And then I was made realize that their internal clock is set at seven years, but not ALL cicadas emerged at one time in the beginning !! For some the 7th year was 2006, 2007, ..or this year...or next year. Thus, EVERY year for humans to hear them.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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Can you tell what frequency? An overloaded powerline can hum, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of the Huntsville feeds is doing overtime until everything gets restored.
Don't know frequency but the pitch remains constant. I've heard the power line humm and this is not it. If you live in the Big Cove area, walk outside today, there it is.

Anyone know any news people? Would be a worthy story, at least for those of us who hear it EVERYDAY!!!!!!
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