Identifying SF’s Foghorns
I love foghorns.
There’s something so reassuring about hearing them while lying in bed — their consistent and dependable sound echoing over neighborhoods, reminding me that I’m near the ocean.
While listening to KZSU recently, I stumbled upon a show where they identified the major fog horns in SF. As a bonus, they taught listeners how to discern the different sounds of gulls in the Bay. Unfortunately, I can’t find an mp3 version online, but here’s a quick cheat sheet:
- The loud, lower-tone sound comes from the South Tower of the Golden Gate and came be heard every 20 seconds
- The higher-toned sound comes from the Mid-Span of the Golden Gate and can be heard every 40 seconds
- The quieter, longer sound comes from Alcatraz’s foghorn
Originally published at seanleow.tumblr.com.