We also live between Austin and Waco very near I-35 and the train track.
For over a week now, my wife has been telling me about all the noises she's been hearing at night. I grew up in the area, and I've been blowing her
off, telling her it's normal noise from Fort Hood.
She states there are three separate noises and these are her descriptions:
1. Sounds like a fighter jet taking off, but then the sound stops almost immediately (15 - 45 seconds of rumbling, then silence)
2. Three to Six booms in a row - like the sound of a water well being dug by machine - deep, underground-sounding booms/rhythmic thumping.
3. Random one-time deep-pitched booms.
She's a vet who grew up in the country on the west coast, so her references are different than mine.
Tonight we were sitting outside having a smoke at about 9:40 pm and we heard this first sound - it lasted for about 20 seconds (we think). It was a
surprising sound - I'd never heard it before. To me it sounded like a furnace being turned on - but really loud and really close. It was an ominous,
close-sounding rumbling noise that seemed pretty steady - the pitch was low and seemed to stay the same note.
I asked her what on earth that was, and she said it was the same thing she's been telling me about for weeks. To her it sounds like a fighter jet
about to take off - but really close by - but she agreed it also sounded like a loud furnace once I mentioned that. I asked her if she thought it
could be the train and she said no, she hears the train all the time. Then at 9:50 pm, the train did go by and it was and it was a much quieter
She said that she wasn't hearing these sounds 4 weeks ago, but they started and became more frequent over this last 3 weeks or so. It's not the
prolonged noise many people on this thread report, but it's a very strange rumbling and while googling for an answer, I ran across this thread. It
doesn't sound *quite* like anything I've heard before. It sounds close-up and far away at the same time. It sounded to me like it was coming from the
west, but it's hard to tell what direction it was coming from.
I still suspect Fort Hood is the source of this weird noise, but my wife was on an air force base for years and never heard anything exactly like it.
Oh, and the sky is clear tonight - we can see the stars. I'm very curious if anybody knows what this noise is and find it interesting that other
people between Austin and Waco are hearing similar but prolonged noises. She says none of the noises she has heard have lasted over 45 seconds or
At about 11 pm (15 minutes ago) we heard 3 random booms as well.
edit on 5-10-2012 by NatTx because: (no reason given)