Windsor Hum is coming from Zug Island, Michigan, says Canadian report

A report has pinpointed the Windsor Hum as coming from Zug Island. This was expected. But that’s as far as they can get. The Canadian-funded report shows that it is industrial noise from the steel and manufacturing plants on the U.S. island. What happens now is unclear but cooperation is necessary.

Mysterious Windsor Hum traced to Zug Island, Mich. – Windsor – CBC News

The source of the mysterious Windsor Hum in the southwestern Ontario city is on Zug Island — in River Rouge, Mich. — according to a federally funded report released today.

Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson released the report’s findings at a news conference at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor on Friday.

Watson said U.S. officials must now determine the precise location of the noise. Copies of the federal report have been given to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the mayor of River Rouge.

Zug Island is home to a U.S. Steel operation and is an area of concentrated steel production and other manufacturing.

Windsor Coun. Al Maghnieh has been fielding complaints about the noise for years, and has been vocal about getting to the bottom of the phenomenon.

The sound is causing residents quite a bit of annoyance for the past three years. But since it’s not always regular, it’s hard to pinpoint what is specifically causing the nuisance noise so it can be addressed. Several residents in the area have complained about headaches, being unable to sleep at night and windows rattling due to the noise. That’s not unreasonable. Some people are very sensitive to low frequency noise. The geology, weather conditions or structure they are in can make the noise worse. The sound has been described as an idling locomotive, a refrigerator and a truck.

  3 comments for “Windsor Hum is coming from Zug Island, Michigan, says Canadian report

  1. May 24, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I’ve been there and heard it. I can confirm that it’s quite annoying. I don’t foresee the steel mill being very cooperative with this “investigation” though.

  2. Indrid Cole
    May 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I guarantee you the steel mill knows EXACTLY where the hum is coming from, it probably bothers their employees as much as everyone else.

  3. Steve
    May 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I live and work and travel in Scotland near to one of those giant “chemistry sets” that boil the output of gas and oil rigs into useable stuff. When I lived a couple of miles away I could easily hear the rumbleof 3 giant “ground fans” as they call them (my hearing has always been better than average) – low rumbling like so many other places. I work about 10 clicks north on an airfield and live about 10 clicks southwest. At certain points in our village I can still hear the rumble while at in-between distances I can not. I guess it is typical that a lot of the noise will transmit via the rocks and sediments beneath us so it will puzzle people who don’t understand that they are not uniform but quite varied and all carry or absorb sound differently.

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