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Mystery still surrounds humming noise that has plagued town for years

By T.K. Randall
September 7, 2022 · Comment icon 12 comments

The hum can be heard for miles around. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Humphrey Bolton
The 'Holmfield hum' is so irritating that it has left some people suffering from ill-health and sleep deprivation.
For at least two years, the area around Holmfield in West Yorkshire, England has been plagued by a relentless low-pitched humming noise that endures at all times of the day and night.

The problem is so bad that some residents have been unable to sleep, forcing them to change their working hours. Others have even resorted to booking stays at hotels to get away from the noise.

To make matters worse, back in August a Calderdale Council meeting was told that "all reasonable lines of inquiry had been exhausted", suggesting that the cause of the hum may never be found.

The area happens to be surrounded by a number of farms, industrial areas and other facilities, but it is just about impossible to pinpoint exactly which one(s) might be responsible.
"The investigating officers firmly believe that they are are dealing with more than one noise from more than one source," said councillor Jenny Lynn.

There is, however, some light at the end of the tunnel, as Lynn has since hinted that an update on the investigation should be coming within the next few weeks.

"We are in the process of updating people on the investigation findings and expect to complete this by mid-September, taking into account everyone's availability," she said.

Given the lack of progress to date, however, many residents are less than optimistic.

Source: BBC News | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats 1 year ago
Here when weather is just right our house makes a sound, very low and the cause is wind blowing around inner wall space but it is odd.
Comment icon #4 Posted by frapsandfiction98 1 year ago
its verry odd indeed   how ever it would make an intresting story
Comment icon #5 Posted by docyabut2 1 year ago    I still think its the slow down sound coming from the oceans
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney 1 year ago
The Birmingham hum is @acutes digestive tract. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by acute 1 year ago
The Birminghum is nothing to do with me! It's the sound caused by wind flowing through Ozzy's secret tunnel between Lodge Road and The Barton Arms pub.
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum 1 year ago
I second that...  As a kid I had an elastic stretched between 2 points And place it outside. Sooner it was touched by the wind it would make the most unusual sounds, very similar to this hum.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
sound of the machinery that keeps the matrix running
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hammerclaw 1 year ago
Curious the sound can't be located by triangularization.
Comment icon #11 Posted by stereologist 1 year ago
Those must have been made up scientists. The Taos hum is heard by only 2% of the population. I've been there multiple times and myself and others have not heard the hum. In fact, equipment has not heard it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
I believe you are certainly right. I really can't find that article now, except for this one example where it is mentioned briefly. “If the Hum is rooted in VLF energy, it is therefore affected by the behaviour of the Earth's magnetic field.''

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