Bay Area residents were serenaded by the Golden Gate Bridge as wind gusts passed through the region last Friday.
A completely new and eerie phenomenon… But with a relatively simple explanation.
A number of individuals shared videos of the eerie humming sound coming from the bridge, with many reporting they could hear the noise from miles away.
The Golden Gate Bridge now makes music. You can hear this whistle all over the city pic.twitter.com/W1V9Dw4sXb— Raemond (@RaemondBW) June 6, 2020
Anthony J.:— Mark Krueger (@markkrueg) June 6, 2020
“Engineers designed new sides for the sidewalk to help with wind resistance but didn’t take into account the EXTREME sound it creates when wind passes through it. The bridge sings crazy songs now it’s so trippy. It hurts the ears and unbearable it’s that loud.” pic.twitter.com/GWdVia1GNS
The humming noise can be heard all over the city, with many residents complaining about the noise.
“Here’s the sound from Land’s End,” wrote another Twitter user. “I had been hearing it for weeks and felt like I was losing my mind.“
After enough people inquired about the noise, the Golden Gate Bridge Sargent reported the sound is caused by wind hitting new sidewalk railing slats.
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 45-60 miles per hour in San Francisco and Marin counties on Friday.
Sorry this is happening. The Golden Gate Bridge Sargent reports the low humming noise is related to high winds blowing through the newly installed railing slats along the bike path on the bridge. ^JB— SF311 (@SF311) June 6, 2020
The recently-installed slats were originally intended to help with wind resistance, but engineers evidently did not take into account that when wind passes through the open gaps between the slats, it can create a very loud humming noise akin to a musical instrument, as KQED pointed out. Officials said there are no planned fixes for the issue.
If interested by the destructive force of wind, watch those videos of the Tacoma Bridge Sway and then collapse back in 1940… It’s just unbelievable: