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Seneca Guns (Not what you think)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 07, 2020 03:20PM
Seneca Guns are the strange and currently unexplained cannon-like booms and shakes that are heard and felt in the surrounding area. They are known locally as the Seneca Guns, Lake Drums, or Lake Guns, and these types of phenomena are known elsewhere as skyquakes.

The Seneca Guns got their name from James Fenimore Cooper’s short story, “The Lake Gun,” that featured similar sounds heard near New York’s Seneca Lake. Most occurrences are near water, as sound travels better through water than through air. They seem to be more common during temperature inversions, when cool, dense air near the ground creates a sound channel that sounds can reverberate against, creating the booms we hear at ground level.

Some of the possible causes for the Seneca Guns, such as the collapse of underwater caves, distant thunderstorms, shallow offshore earthquakes, sub-marine landslides, undersea methane release, and offshore military operations. Scientific evidence and data that seem to disprove most of these theories.

James Fenimore Cooper had his own explanation for the phenomenon:
“Tis a chief of the Senecas, thrown into the lake by the Great Spirit, for his bad conduct. Whenever he tries to get upon the land, the Spirit speaks to him from the caves below, and he obeys.”
“THAT must mean the ‘Lake Gun?’ ”
“So the pale-faces call it.”

Elsewhere, such sounds are known by a variety of names including “mistpouffers” (fog belches) in coastal Belgium, “Bansal guns” in the Ganges delta and the Bay of Bengal, “brontidi” (thunder-like) in the Italian Apennines, and “yan” by the people of Harami in Shikoku, Japan.

In Watkins Glen, the loudest sounds are most closely associated with the idiot motorheads gunning their engines on North Franklin Street during the Grand Prix.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/07/2020 03:24PM by Steve G..
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Re: Seneca Guns (Not what you think)
Posted by: MEG
Date: June 07, 2020 03:39PM
We get them here - were several reports last winter but it’s been “quiet” since then.

Last time we heard them
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Re: Seneca Guns (Not what you think)
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: June 07, 2020 04:12PM
By coincidence, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center has a sonar test facility
at Seneca Lake (Seneca Lake Facility)!

The Quahog Gun...

39°36'17"N 75°44'43"W

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Re: Seneca Guns (Not what you think)
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: June 07, 2020 05:30PM
I lived in one of those towns on Keuka Lake for 4 years. The drive from Hammondsport to Penn Yan is lovely, and the drive around Keuka Lake was listed by British Airways in a top 15 list of the world's most scenic drives.

But...Mrs Pupp wanted warmer weather, so we moved to the deep South. It took fourteen months to sell my house. Fourteen months. That's 14. Fourteen. Months.
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