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Ask Marilyn: Do Clouds Make Your Day Noisier?
Hilary Schneider of San Juan Capistrano, California, writes:
Marilyn: My friend and I live on a hillside about a mile from a freeway from which we can hear the traffic. He says that the noise is less when there are no clouds and that the sound dissipates into the atmosphere. I contend that the noise is less when it's cloudy and that the sound is absorbed by the clouds. Who is correct?
He is. Low clouds bounce sound back toward the ground. People who live near airports know this all too well!
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