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Annoying horn sound at 3:30am?

Original post made by Adobe, Adobe-Meadow, on Jan 27, 2012

This morning at about 3:30am, I heard this horn sounding in the distance. I thought it might be from CalTrain, but then it just kept on sounding every 20-30 seconds or so. It sounded like it was pretty far away, but it was still loud enough to keep me awake, which I definitely did not appreciate at that time. I feel sorry for those living closer to it.

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Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

It's most likely the foghorn out in the Baylands. I can hear it too. It will stop when the fog clears.


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Posted by Impossible People
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

It was very foggy early this morning, so the fog horns were sounding. Wake up Adobe, learn to live in your environment, and quit complaining!!!


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Posted by Adobe
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Pat, thanks for the info, that solves the mystery! "Impossible People", yes, I did wake up; the foghorn woke me up.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

> quit complaining!!!

Sounds like you are the one complaining. Why does Palo Alto need a fog horn? I have been here for 40 years and I cannot remember ever seeing a boat around this area in clear weather, why do we need a fog horn so you can whine about people complaining about being woken up for no reason?


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Posted by shipwrecks
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

I remember seeing a yacht (big sail boat) wrecked against the rocks near Moffett Field. It was out there for months, maybe 15 or 20 years ago. Don't know if there is a fog horn down there.


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Posted by Enjoy Silence
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jan 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I posted about the noise last year, January 17. It's seems it's something we have to deal with every January. . .

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Posted by Toby
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 1:09 am

Thanks, I was wondering what the noise was. It's not loud in my area, it sounded like a fog horn, but why would anyone need a fog horn in Palo Alto?


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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Toby: Take a peek at a map of Palo Alto and its surrounding terrain for a clue.


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Posted by Wearing my tin foil hat
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Toby--do not forget the extensive health risks of having foghorns going off--I understand that they are worse than cell phone antennas!!!!!


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Same discussion a year ago.

There are several fog horns on the bay - the closest to PA are the Dumbarton horns. Been there since the bridge was built!


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Posted by S Marinos
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2013 at 3:22 am

I kinda like the horns reminds me of living on the coast! Who would think foghorns were needed in palo alto but it makes sense with all the bay channels. I just never noticed it in past years! And I've been here since the '70's! LOLREMINDS ME THAT WE LIVE AMONG NATUre still. There is some serenity in it!