The sound of things
Monday, September 24, 2012 10:17:16 AM
Light rain under the porch: 60 - 70 dB
Heavy rain under the porch: 90 dB
Thunder striking a couple kilometers away: 100 dB
Downpour under the porch: 100 dB
This is usually when I give up staying out under the porch, because it means ricocheting water will soak me soon. And my computer too. [User relocates] Here, let me wipe a few drops from my screen and trackpad. Done. You should see the cat --having migrated indoor against her will, she sits under the table in front of the French window and looks dismally at the curtains of rain.
I like to measure the sound of things. Not all things, only things which sound level I find notable. Here are a few additional examples:
Loud snoring: 86 dB (peak)
MIT machine room: 83 dB? I haven't committed that one to memory, I was too busy being impressed.
Meadhall nearby Stata Center: 103 dB! I lasted throughout dinner once, kept only by the fine company of two people I like.