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Jets are louder at night than during the day

 

Image: Cpl. Donato Maffin

Residents around Tierrasanta, Mira Mesa and Clairemont are correct when they claim airport noise at Miramar is louder at night than during the day, but why? How does the time of day change the way sound travels?

Resources

University of Illinois: Ask the Van

San Diego Airport: Noise Explained

The Vane: The Weather is About to Make Your World Much Louder

NGSS Connections:

MS-PS4-2, PS4.A: Wave Properties

MS-ESS2.A: ESS2.D: Weather and Climate, when weather conditions change how sound travels.

HS-PS4-1, PS4.A: Wave Properties

 

Grade: 
6-8 MS
9-12 HS
Discipline: 
Earth and Space Science
Physical Science