UPDATE 1/6: Mike has posted the unedited footage below. Thanks Mike!
This “strange sound” in the video below was recorded January 31, by Mike Helms. It was witnessed at 4:00am, in a little town called Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Mike and his wife were vacationing in a hotel outside Peninsula State Park in Door County Peninsula. The recording was from their balcony facing the park. Fish Creek is on Fish Creek Harbor.
While looking for “strange sound” videos I initially dismissed this one. The reason was because it has title screens, doesn’t show the surroundings and has stereo sound (perhaps enhanced when edited). Mike left this video in the comments under my historical Yellowstone post here. He was interested in the article because it describes metallic sky sounds that occurred in 1893 in Yellowstone park. I theorize in the article that perhaps the sounds were related to small earthquakes. The area of Yellowstone where the sound events occurred is one of the most seismically active in the US. The sounds heard in 1893 were over a lake just as the Fish Creek incident was over a harbor. Both are large bodies of water.
Mike Helms from SongsofJesus.com describes what he heard in Fish Creek:
It sounded like super giant machinery in the sky and had an eerie ”metallic” sound that faded in and out. Like some spooky movie soundtrack! It was massive in the sense of being expansive and seemed to fill the air, as if whatever was causing it stretched from east to west.
Mike left a link to his video in the comments. He says:
I’ve been trying to find info on metallic sounds (which is what we heard) and the article you found about Yellowstone is really, really interesting!… What’s really interesting is that we heard metallic sounds 6 hours after the quake at McHenry, IL. But even more so that we heard it in Fish Creek WI, which is in the Door County Peninsula – the Niagara Escarpment runs right through there and ends at the Wisconsin-IL border where the quake took place. (See the article about the McHenry, Illinois earthquake here.)
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
Could it be related to seismic activity in McHenry, Illinois? Perhaps, but it’s 250 miles away. I looked back at the Yellowstone account by Edward Linton and found a description of the sound as follows:
As I heard it at this time it seemed to begin at a distance, grow louder overhead where it filled the upper air, and suggested a medley of wind in the tops of pine trees, and in telegraph wires, the echo of bells after being repeated several times, the humming of a swarm of bees, and two or three less definite sources of sound….
What stood out to me is the reference to bees swarming. That’s what this sounds like to me, except it’s like they’re echoing in a large cavern. I listened to this video carefully and aside from the buzzing there is a distinct metallic clink at one point. Since he chose to provide an edited version without surroundings I looked for other clues. At one point I can hear camera movement, which is good. To me the sound doesn’t seem like an overlay. It has a nice echoing, atmospheric quality.
I dug a little deeper by visiting Mike’s website. He has a post describing in detail what happened here. Now normally I get a little suspicious when religious people post videos and start screaming about the Trumpets of the Apocalypse. Not so in this case.
Mike doesn’t want people to think this is supernatural. He reminds Christians and says:
As Christians we have the Word of God- and the Word of God is the final word of authority and final truth for us- not our speculations, experiences, or ideas. All we have to do is read what it says in Revelation about the trumpets, and what happens when the angels blow them, to know that these strange sounds heard in the sky are not angelic trumpet blasts!
Try to imagine me standing, cheering and applauding. Mike has chosen to calmly research this without making any conclusions. He came to this blog seeking an answer and found the article about Yellowstone here. He made the connections between the earthquake in McHenry, the Niagara Escarpment, the incident location and some historical evidence. Bravo Mr. Helms.
Now lets look at the possibilities. We have already made the seismic and historical connections. Because Fish Creek has a harbor, they thought it might be an ice breaking ship. They ruled this out the next morning when they saw the harbor was frozen solid. I did a little Googling and found there are no trains, wind farms or industry nearby.
My initial reaction was that it sounded like a train. In his blog, he says the sound stretched east to west. Fish Creek is on the west side of the peninsula. If you look at Google maps you’ll see Menominee, Michigan is directly across Green Bay from Fish Creek, Wisconsin. In Menominee, there appear to be train tracks going almost right up to the water. Could it have been a train?
I found this from Georgia State University here. It’s the explanation of the refraction of sound. From the page:
Early morning fishermen may be the persons most familiar with the refraction of sound. Consider that you have gone out to a lake before dawn. Just as the sun rises over a cool lake, you may hear someone speak to you, saying “Good morning!”. You look around and can’t see anyone. You are just about at the point of questioning your sanity anyway, being out at this time of the morning, so you decide to ignore it. But the voice comes again, “Good morning”. Finally you locate the other nut who has gotten up at this hour, far across the lake — much further than you could normally hear a voice. That fisherman is aware of the early morning lake’s effect on sound transmission. The cool water keeps the air near the water cool, but the early sun has begun to heat the air higher up, creating a “thermal inversion”. The fact that the speed of sound is faster in warmer air bends some sound back downward toward you – sound that would not reach your ear under normal circumstances. This natural amplification over cool bodies of water is one of the few natural examples of sound refraction.
According to this article from BBC news here, an oil depot explosion back in 2005 was heard two hundred miles away. There has to be special circumstances for that to happen. From the article:
He says a strong “temperature inversion” on Sunday will have been one of the reasons the sounds of the blast travelled so far. This happens when there is a layer of warmer air at altitude rather than air cooling as it goes up. This bends the audible energy back down to earth and the sound can be heard miles from the source.
Could this Fish Creek incident be related to seismic activity or perhaps sound carried over a large distance. It certainly is very loud in the video and seems like it was very close. It would be nice to see the unedited raw footage. Mr. Helms might also ask the locals in Fish Creek if they had heard this sound before. Mike mentions that it’s like what’s supposedly being heard around the world. To my ear it doesn’t sound like any Kiev sound type. Perhaps the sound of squealing train tracks was distorted as it bounced across the bay.
The train theory is only a theory. The sound is very intriguing and extremely loud for that distance. I can’t say for sure what it is but I can certainly understand why Mike and his wife were disturbed by it. I believe this video is real but not necessarily unexplainable. Until more evidence surfaces, this one is still a mystery but not conclusively a true sky noise.