MYSTERY SOLVED 3/21: Hail cannons…explanation here.
Here’s a weird one for ya.
Filmed in Fresno, California on March 17th, the witness says it was coming from the sky. They claim to live nowhere near a military base and said it happened all day while raining. This is definitely one of the stranger ones we’ve heard. Why isn’t this in the news!
It sounds atmospheric and distant like shots being fired. It’s not an overlay and seems interwoven with the environment and rain. What could make these booms with this rhythm for an extended period?
The fact this is happening in the rain is curious. Is this untimely beautiful weather we’re having causing these boom sounds somehow. There is some speculation the Clintonville sounds could be caused by the warm weather. The higher than normal temperatures could be causing the earth to thaw deep underground. Article here.
From the article:
“We did have some cold weather earlier in the winter, which would’ve caused ice to freeze at considerable depth,” he explained. “The warm weather could melt ice and relieve stress, causing movements and adjustments of some rock.”
That may be true for the north but would it apply in Fresno.
Here is the “twin” that isn’t quite as rhythmic. It was filmed 15 minutes north of Fresno on March 18th. Note the rain. They say they drove around looking for the source.
There is a suggestion it’s a hail cannon (see here) They’re designed to prevent hail from forming by producing an explosive shock wave. Some farmers supposedly use these and there is much evidence they do nothing.
UPDATE 3/21: Is it a pile driver?
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
The YT poster claims it seldom hails. Anyway it’s a theory but many commenters on the video claim to have never heard it before. Does this sound the same to you? Video below.
Someone commenting on the video claimed to be hearing it as they commented on the video and they were in Hanford which is 30 miles from Fresno. This commenter no doubt was curious about the sound and went searching on the internet.