Climatology

Trailer parks don’t attract tornadoes, expert says

The rare tornado that ripped through Gaylord killing two and injuring dozens, hit with little warning and – of all places – a trailer park, adding to the lore that such places attract these weather events.

But do they?

“We get that question quite a bit, actually,” Trent Frey, a National Weather Service meteorologist in White Lake Township said Monday morning. “Sometimes it certainly seems like it.”

However, the more direct answer is no.

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“There’s not any kind of development more prone to tornadoes,” Frey said. “A tornado develops based on what happens in the atmosphere, and that’s without regard to what’s beneath it.”

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