Can you hear the wind blow?
September 7, 2012 6:42 AM Subscribe
Can wind affect sound waves?
posted by amazingstill to science & nature (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was sitting on my deck one night when both my SO and I heard the local college marching band practicing about a mile or two away. She said something to the effect that the wind must be carrying the sound. I laughed it off and said that wind does not affect sound. She persisted that it does. I end up Google searching and have found several different takes on the question.
So I ask any metafile auditory-climatologist out there; if wind is blowing away from me, does the sound of the marching band decrease vs. increase in volume if its blowing toward me?