Windsor Hum study results to be released Friday

Results of a federally funded report on the mysterious Windsor Hum will be released Friday.
Colin Novak is a University of Windsor professor who has been studying the Windsor Hum. (CBC News)

Results of a federally funded report on the mysterious Windsor Hum will be released Friday.

Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson will release the results of research at a media conference at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor.

The Windsor Hum began in 2011. For years, residents in west Windsor and the neighbouring town of LaSalle have been complaining of a mysterious rumble or hum that is often described as an idling truck or locomotive.

In January 2013, Ottawa earmarked $60,000 for two research projects studying the Windsor Hum in an attempt to find its origin.

In 2012, a federal study suggested the hum may originate from the U.S. side of the Detroit River, in the general area of Zug Island, an area of concentrated steel production and manufacturing in River Rouge, Mich.

The mayor of River Rouge said in 2011 that his city doesn't have the funds to investigate further.

In February 2013, professor Colin Novak of the University of Windsor and a group of fellow scientists and researchers from the University of Windsor and London's Western University set up a state-of-the-art, $250,000 recording station in a woodlot in the western part of the Windsor. It was a virtual ear, tuned to record the hum 24/7.


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