Oakland County Twisters: A Historical Guide

If you’re fascinated by weather, you’ll love our Tornadoes Map, created with data from local weather geek Matt Malone by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team. It shows a limited history of the tornado paths and touchdown points, and their EF scale ratings, from 1953 – 2015. Go back to July of 1957, and view the path of an EF4 tornado that traveled 29.9 miles, almost all the way across the southern portion of Oakland County. In 1998, a funnel was spotted after having touched down near Otter Road and Sylvan Lake. It lifted without causing any damage – what a relief! Click on the map to learn more and get details on twisters that touched down here in the past.

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See Spring in Bloom on an Oakland County Trail

Oakland County and its surrounding areas offer miles and miles of trails for your fitness and enjoyment! Now that the snow is gone for good (fingers crossed), it’s a splendid time to get outside and take in the much-needed sights and sounds of spring. Whether you want to take a quiet stroll, jog through a park, bike with friends, or saddle up on a horse, there’s a trail for you.

View a partial list below to find a trail in your area. If you love maps, visit our Trails Page for an interactive trail viewer map. The map will allow you to sort by parks and trails, take note of a trail’s surface area, and view a trail’s elevation by clicking on it.

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Sunny Smiles and Fun Prizes at the Great Marshmallow Drop

Residents from throughout Southeast Michigan flocked to Catalpa Oaks in Southfield, to take part in this year’s Great Marshmallow Drop. The free family-focused event puts a special twist on the traditional Easter Egg hunt by raining 15,000 marshmallows from the sky. Hosted annually by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Marshmallow Drop is known for its festive cheer, fantastic prizes, and up-close views of the marshmallow-coptor.

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Hop to it for Easter Events in Oakland County!

One of the funnest, not to mention sweetest, holidays is almost here! Easter brings the happiness of the spring season along with fun family traditions of Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Hops, Spring Flings, and more. Use our list of Easter Events in Oakland County to enjoy an egg-stra good time! It’s a perfect way to spend time as a family and even better, a great way for kids to burn off the renewed energy that seems to spring forth at this time of year.

Easter Events in Oakland County are listed by date and location. Many events offer multiple sessions for different age groups and abilities. Remember to check websites to confirm dates, times, and in case of important updates regarding the weather.

Grab your neighbors, friends, and family and set out for your best hunt or hop yet.

We hope you have a happy Easter!


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The Great Marshmallow Drop!

The Great Marshmallow Drop will be here soon! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 30th and head to Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield for this FREE family fun event with Oakland County Parks and Recreation. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until noon.

Little kids and big kids will be delighted and amazed as a helicopter drops 15,000 marshmallows down from the sky. Children can collect a marshmallow and turn it in for a cool prize. If you haven’t experienced this event yet, add it to your bucket list and enjoy a creative twist on the typical Easter Egg hunt.

See our video for a glimpse of all the fun!

Marshmallows will be dropped three times to accommodate multiple age groups:

  • Ages 4 and younger, along with individuals with disabilities
  • Ages 5 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 12

This FREE event is presented by Oakland County Credit Union. Volunteers from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and other community members will be on hand to help out with the festivities.

Visit Oakland County Parks and Recreation online for details on all 13 Oakland County Parks and follow along with them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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