NWS: Lansing a Tornado Hotbed
Apparently, Lansing has been frequented with tornadoes more so than most areas of Michigan since 1951. According to The Detroit News, the National Weather Service released new data today that shows a higher abundance of recorded tornadoes in the areas around Lansing, Flint, and Hillsdale. Though there is no clear cut reason as to why we see more twisters than others in the state, the article suggests that geography has a hand in it, as all three areas are along Michigan's glacial ridge. The landscape along the ridge may alter wind patterns to help induce tornadoes. And, NWS meteorologists suggest simple rural population increases in these areas may play a part as well, as there are more eyes to spot twisters.