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Any idea what that loud boom around 3:30 am was?

Original post made by Robin Holbrook on Sep 22, 2007

I was woken up by a loud boom early this morning and the power was briefly interrupted (all the clocks started blinking). Anyone have any idea what it was? (I live in Adobe Meadows neighborhood near Bayshore frontage road and it sounded like it came from that direction.)

Comments (7)

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 22, 2007 at 3:56 pm

I have no idea but maybe the Google guys' 737 landing at Moffett?


Posted by Danny, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 22, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Could it have been thunder? There was intermitent thunder and lighting last night, which could also explain the brief power outage.


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 22, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Lightning or a blown power transformer? Those would explain the clock.


Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 22, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Oops, sorry - I think that was me...


Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 22, 2007 at 4:34 pm

There was a power outage around 3:30AM. Parts of the street lighting downtown were out for a while as reported to CPAU from PAPD. They reported it as lightning, but I saw no flash or heard any thunder. It may had been the first rains causing HV to arc over on dusty insulators.

PAPD was dispatched to several homes because of false alarms cause by the power blink.

We had about 30 seconds of power out here. No problem for me as my home floats across lead acid. ;-)

qq


Posted by linfielder, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:49 am

HUGE thunderclap in Menlo near downtown Palo Alto a little after 8:00pm last night. Unbelievably close and loud. Anyone else hear it?


Posted by Resident, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 20, 2008 at 11:00 am

Don't know about the time, but we heard one really loud clap of thunder and the rain on the roof of our eichler was noisy. We also heard many helicopter and heavy aircraft noise last night. Very noisy evening!!


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