As your workweek comes to a close you’re able to breathe, thousands of answers fill your brain that all answer a similar question: “What am I going to do with my weekend?”
Once your summer agenda has been decided, coolers are filled with delicious snacks and drinks for the day, and the car is carefully packed.
Suddenly there’s no longer the familiar sound of instant messenger or coffee cups being slammed to the conference room table, but completely different noises that are special to summer. These sounds are often so recognizable to our ears that we forget to notice, think they are annoying, or even wear earplugs to block them out.
But when summer is over and we bring back our winter clothes, what sounds are we going to forget that we didn’t enjoy in the first place?
Listen Carefully used our summer to find out more.
- CRICKETS (sound clip)
It may be one of the most annoying sounds when you’re trying to fall asleep, but when summer is over and the cold weather begins, you may notice that the crickets are no longer there when your head hits the pillow. Summer is time for male crickets to shine for their female counterparts, which inspires their sweet songs at night.
- BOATS ON THE WATER (sound clip)
There are hundreds of boat models of on the market, but what’s the one thing they have in common? The sound of the motor on open water and the enjoyment they bring to the summertime season. Setting out with lifejackets and a pair of water skis, the sound of boats buzzing around the lake can make any summer day feel special.
- THUNDERSTORMS (sound clip)
For some people, thunderstorms are terrifying, but for others, the soft pitter-patter of rain and the booming of thunder is the best way to fall asleep. When the air is warmer, the chance of thunderstorms is greater; when it’s below zero degrees and we’re huddled for warmth, you may miss the terrifying storm.
- FIREWORKS (sound clip)
There’s nothing better than sitting looking up at an open sky celebrating with fireworks. Some enthusiasts travel all over the country looking for their favorite explosions to light into the sky, but the sound always remains the same. But, this noise might harm more than you think, so always be sure to use ear protection when you plan on watching more than 20 minutes of fireworks.
- BONFIRE CRACKLING (sound clip)
This one may relate to winter too, but there’s nothing like sitting in front of an open fire after a long day on the lake. The sound of the wood popping means that the day has finally come to a close, marshmallows are being toasted, and its still summer, our favorite time of year.
They may only last three months, but summer sounds are what make this time of year our favorite.
Did we leave out any of your favorite sounds of summer? Let us know in the comments below what sounds you think are unrrelated!
Michaels, Patrick J., and Robert B. Gerzoff. “Statistical relations between summer thunderstorm patterns and continental midtropospheric heights.” Monthly weather review 112.4 (1984): 778-789.