Vibrations in Telegraph Wires


WALKING near Winchcomb on December 27, we noticed a most curious phenomenon. We were in a slight valley, and the road was crossed by a line of telegraph wires, there being two wires some distance apart. It was about 10.30 a.m. and the sun, shining on the wires, was just beginning to thaw the layers of frost on them. The temperature of the air must have been round about freezing-point, and there was a slight mist. But we felt no breath of wind whatsoever, nor did the dead leaves of trees very near the wires indicate any wind.

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BAUCHWITZ, F., WHITEHOUSE, R. Vibrations in Telegraph Wires. Nature 155, 243 (1945).

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