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Does the cold (wind) make a sound?

Asked by rebbel (31346points) January 29th, 2012

Or, does it make more sound than warm(th) (wind)?
Today, while riding my bicycle, at minus one with approx. a three beaufort wind, I noticed that the wind that brushed my ears made a whistling sound.
I have the idea that I never hear that sound when I cycle through higher temperatures I have no idea if at all this is all suggestion, let alone at which temperatures this phenomenon arrises, so my question is this:
Does the cold make a sound?

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Linda_Owl's avatar

All ‘winds’ make sounds. However, when the wind is very cold, especially if the weather is wet, humans tend to think that the sound of the cold wind is more intense than a warm wind would be.

hearkat's avatar

The sound will vary more on the angle and force that it is hitting your ear with. I can’t say for certain that temperature and humidity levels won’t have an effect, since they change the density of the air. But I can say that the general sound of wind changes with the seasons, based on the status of the leaves in the trees, and you will hear that noise in addition to the sound of the wind physically blowing in your ear.

hearkat's avatar

I just thought of this too – someone once thought I was crazy because I said that I can hear when the shower water is hot—but it’s true! As the water through the pipes gets warmer, the pipes expand and the pitch drops.

Blackberry's avatar

Colder air is also more dense, too. But I think the angle the air hits your ear does matter, as well as the speed.

marinelife's avatar

Wind makes a sound.

SpatzieLover's avatar

In the arctic part of our public museum, the recording they have of the wind howls. It does the same here in Wisconsin in winter, so I’ll answer from what I know to be true @rebbel: Yes.

rebbel's avatar

You guys know everything…., thanks for the answers!

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