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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Walk Down Memory Lane with Aerial Photographs of Oakland County

Did you know that Oakland County has an extensive aerial imagery collection? With our new app, you can go back and explore the county over time, ranging from 1940-2017. Enter an address or city in the “Search Address/Place” box. Then, zoom in and out as you check out your house, neighborhood, landmark buildings, parks, and more by clicking on the boxes next to each year, or layer. Take a trip all the way back to 1940 and explore our county 70 years ago, or “live in the now” by checking out our super-detailed 3-inch resolution 2017 imagery.

Take a look at this progression over time. Isn’t it amazing?

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Have a Winter Blast with Outdoor Activities!

Take advantage of winter days when the mercury falls (or rises) to just the right temperature and head outside for some winter fun! There’s so much to enjoy about the cold season in Oakland County. Take a look at our interactive map or check out our Play Outside this Winter page for lists of sledding, ice skating, skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling locations.

Staying active in the winter is good idea for everyone! Exercise increases endorphins, relieves stress, provides energy, and brightens a bad mood – all great reasons to check out our map and plan your winter adventure.

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Discover the Best Holiday Light Displays in Oakland County

Helping you find the best of the best Oakland County holiday light displays 

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to enjoy all of the beautiful, glimmering holiday lights that fill the streets of Oakland County, Michigan. Whether you want to show off your decked-out property, or take a drive and visit the best of the best holiday light displays, the new Oakland County Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map is here to deliver. How does it work? Individuals can submit their Oakland County holiday decorated properties to the Oakland County Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map and once approved, the homes & businesses will show up on the map for users to visit in person.

Oakland County Holiday Lights Map 2017

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