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I went to a field of windmills this morning at sunrise and as I got close to one of them, almost underneath it, I heard a very odd sound coming from the windmill. It sounded like the tearing sound of a log being split in half, almost a crackling sound. The wind was very minimal, only turning it about 2-6 rpm.

When I got home I watched/listened to videos that had sound from windmills (the same size and design) and they sounded very "wooshy" and smoother, nothing like I had heard in the morning. Is there any explanation to why I heard such a peculiar noise coming from the windmill? I also have a picture of one of the windmills for reference. enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Was the windmill making this sound continuously or just for a brief time? $\endgroup$ – Keith McClary Nov 14 '16 at 4:25
  • $\begingroup$ Periodically every few seconds. Each sound was similar, but not identical @KeithMcClary $\endgroup$ – Ryan Nov 14 '16 at 4:34
  • $\begingroup$ There are some recordings of wind turbine sounds. $\endgroup$ – Keith McClary Nov 17 '16 at 5:49

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