Mysterious "Hum" to Finally be Studied, Will They Find the Source?

Mysterious “Hum” to Finally be Studied, Will They Find the Source?

windsorhumBack in July of 2011, we reported on an odd occurrence in Windsor, Ontario that was annoying the hell out of the city’s residents: a low, droning hum, the source of which has remained unknown even to now. Well, it appears that after several years of fielding complaints, the Canadian government is finally ready to do something about the buzzing.

The University of Windsor and Western University have announced an ongoing study into the droning noise, funded by Ottawa, with an intent to discover it’s source.

“Our government takes this issue seriously and is following up on our commitment to find a solution that works for the people of Windsor,” parliamentary secretary for Foreign Affairs Bob Dechert said in a statement Monday.

“Our government will continue to work with the people of Windsor and others to hopefully pinpoint the source of the Windsor hum,” said Dechert. “We want to protect citizens’ quality of life. To get a solution, we first need to find the source. This study is a step in the right direction.”


The “Hum” has been a source of frustration for years, particularly in Windsor’s west end, where it’s been known to buzz so loudly it rattles windows, even shaking things off of some people’s walls.

“We have picture frames on the wall and they were shaking last night,” Sonya Skillings told The Windsor Star last January. “It’s never been that bad where we actually had things move on the walls.”

It’s been believed by National Resources Canada, whose own investigation into the Hum hit a funding block in 2011, that the strange sounds were actually coming from Zug Island, an area of Detroit known for it’s heavy manufacturing. River Rouge, Zug Island’s municipality, previously stated that it hasn’t had the finances to look into the noises itself.

One Canadian study pinpointed Zug Island as the source of the strange sounds

One Canadian study pinpointed Zug Island as the source of the strange sounds. Then they ran out of funding.

University of Windsor assistant professor Colin Novak is one of the two researchers heading up the investigation into the The Hum.

“We’ve already found some preliminary areas where we want to set this equipment up,” he told the CBC News. “We’re going to get at it. We should have our data within the next three to four months.”

Ottawa has announced that it will give researchers a scant $60,000 for the two studies.

“The Windsor hum is having a negative effect on the day-to-day lives of Windsor residents,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a press release. “We are prepared to collaborate with stakeholders and other levels of government to identify the source of the problem so that potential mitigation measures can be designed and implemented.”

Windsor residents, the light at the end of the very annoying tunnel may be in sight… if they don’t run out money again.


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  1. David

    01/24/2013 at 12:24 PM

    I’ll be interested in hearing the results of this. My home town in Scotland, Largs, had a pretty famous hum, though I (thankfully) never experienced it myself and I haven’t heard anything about it in years.

  2. Curbster

    01/25/2013 at 7:14 PM

    I’ve seen this same type of system many times in the north. They were always big suction fans that pumped vast amounts of fresh air underground. These were the ventilation systems for underground mines. Looked exactly the same with the buildings and wire fences to keep things and people out.

  3. David

    04/04/2013 at 12:10 PM

    Im from Ireland and the Hum is destroying my life. I am going through the worst week of the Hum since first hearing it in June 2012. Its been relentless non stop for 6 days and constant through the night. Please get to the bottom of this.

    • Greg Newkirk

      04/04/2013 at 1:33 PM

      Hey David, would you be interested in telling us more about your experiences in dealing with the hum? I’d really like to hear them, maybe see if we can poke our noses into the hum’s appearance in your area. Email me: editor(at)

  4. Tasha

    04/06/2013 at 1:35 AM

    I also hear a strange humming noise sometimes and I currently live in Australia nsw ! I think it must be mining underground which I don’t like the idea of, I don’t fancy my house ending up in a hole in the ground ! One thing I have noticed though is a link between the noise and earthquakes, when I hear this noise usually a few days after there will be reports of earthquakes ! Just wondering if anyone else has ever mentioned this !

  5. Mr. Dark

    02/13/2017 at 12:21 PM

    I wonder if they’ll discover more than those who have researched the Taos Hum?

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