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Manchester 'alien' howl mystery solved


Posted on Saturday, 15 February, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

The Beetham Tower. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Suicine
An ominous 'alien-like' noise was heard across the city this week as strong winds battered the region.
Perplexed shoppers took to Twitter to report the ominous howling noise which seemed to reverberate for miles. One Twitter user described it as a "low, evil, end-of-the-world noise" while others likened it to the imminent arrival of an extraterrestrial spacecraft.

As it turns out the sound was being generated by strong winds blowing across the Beetham Tower, a 47-story skyscraper that has been embroiled in controversy. The bizarre design flaw has proven such an embarrassment in fact that the phenomenon has become known as "The Beetham Tower Howl", prompting architect Ian Simpson to apologize to residents for the disruption caused by the noise.

"The problem is caused by the glass and metal sculpture at the top of the building," said acoustic and audio engineering expert Prof. Trevor Cox. "When the wind rushes past the edge of the glass panes turbulence is created. This is very similar to how turbulence generates sound within a recorder."


Source: The Mirror | Comments (14)

Tags: Manchester, Sound

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 28 February, 2014, 18:44
Whoa. Some sounds are sinister.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Rafterman on 28 February, 2014, 19:35
I'm still trying to figure out what an "alien-like" noise is.
Comment icon #7 Posted by The Silver Thong on 28 February, 2014, 19:47
I'm still trying to figure out what an "alien-like" noise is. I think it sounds a little like Spanish.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Awake2Chaos on 28 February, 2014, 19:52
Ok so this is solution for this scenario what is for the rest of the world? Places where this solution isnt feasible? or why are they happening there? I have theory that this might be in link with heavy solar acitivty.. just a thought ... Here is link to a nice video about it some events were scary beyond horror scary... Edit : Daaaaaaamn scary to be there when it happens... That is wicked creepy.....
Comment icon #9 Posted by 029b10 on 6 March, 2014, 12:52
Ok so this is solution for this scenario what is for the rest of the world? Places where this solution isnt feasible? or why are they happening there? I have theory that this might be in link with heavy solar acitivty.. just a thought ... Here is link to a nice video about it some events were scary beyond horror scary... Edit : Daaaaaaamn scary to be there when it happens... Bet nobody cites this reason... 16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17] Then we which are ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by dr no on 6 March, 2014, 15:56
Reply to OP post I dont understand why would shoppers refering to twitter for this.. Surely most of these shoppers to be local people. The reason I asked is the hum from the tower was first reported in 2006, and there was 3 separate occasions to eradicate the hum, and in 2012 the winds were so strong the hum could be heard for a few miles Very true! I remember when it was first built and the hum was reported and on our local news they had an architect on who was saying it was badly designed and he had predicted this would happen
Comment icon #11 Posted by keninsc on 8 March, 2014, 7:51
Here at the beach we get high winds at times and when they get around forty or so MPH they make a sound like a jet engine. In fact, on several occasions we gotten complaints about low flying aircraft. Then we explain to them what it is and many times people think we're messing with them.
Comment icon #12 Posted by toast on 8 March, 2014, 10:16
Bet nobody cites this reason... 16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thess 4:16-18 Because it isn`t the reason. The real world gets explained by real ppl and not by preachers and/or preaching.
Comment icon #13 Posted by keninsc on 8 March, 2014, 12:24
Because it isn`t the reason. The real world gets explained by real ppl and not by preachers and/or preaching. Now, now, be kind.
Comment icon #14 Posted by eaglesareskykittens on 10 March, 2014, 22:18
Oh, I wanted it to be the end of the world. Nuts. I know right, I was gone to start an end of the world club and everything, order club member t-shirts and everything.


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