Can’t I just chase by myself?
Yes, you most certainly can but consider the following:
- You need equipment
- You need a partner
- You need experience
- Do you know where to go or what to look for?
- Gas is expensive and you may have to drive quite a distance
A tour offers:
- Very knowledgeable and friendly guides
- Proper equipment to find storms
- Entertainment, stories and information while in non-storm conditions
- Camaraderie with other guests with like interests
- A chance to appear on our DVD!
Do an Internet search on other storm chase tour companies for an idea of how this works!
Who can go on this trip?
Anyone over 18 years old can go! If you’re 12 to 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Will we see a tornado?
Well, the idea of this chasing tour is to take in all of the wonder severe thunderstorms made in the U.S.A. and I feel very confident that we will find these storms. There are some patterns which are conducive to thunderstorms but not tornadoes. We will make every effort to find the most exciting storms which have the highest potential of producing a twister. I can’t guarantee you’ll see one (no one can) it but we have the experience and tools to maximize the odds!
Will we get close to or in front of tornadoes if we do see them?
Some popular storm chasing shows feature chasers getting very close (if not in!) a tornado. My tour will never do that! I appreciate the entire structure of the storm. I don’t need to risk personal safety in order to have a great time.
So needless to say, being in charge of a group of people demands a calm and safe approach to thunderstorms. Some situations allow closer access than others, part of our job is to make this determination.
What should I bring on this trip?
Participants are encouraged bring video camera and still cameras. Cell phones are recommended too. A pair of binoculars might be helpful.
You will be in the van for long periods of time so portable devices to help pass the time would be helpful.
Bring a light jacket as some storms can produce some pretty cool outflow!
Pack lightly! There is limited space for luggage.
Please read the typical chase day page to find out more about what you can expect on this trip.
Do We Chase After Dark?
No, this is not safe. However, depending on the situation, we may be observing storms around dusk. It depends on the contrast with the background and the terrain.
What type of vehicle will we be riding in?
This will depend on how many guest we have.
If it’s four or less, a mini-van type of vehicle will work. If it’s more than four, we’ll have a larger van.
All vehicles will be air conditioned.
What will we do on non-storm days?
There are many things we could do depending on where we are in the U.S. and when the next storm system will arrive. There are weather and meteorological visits possible to such places as the Storm Center in Norman, OK, home to the Storm Prediction Center and other research offices. There are places of historical interest both weather and non-weather related. Kansas has a “Wizard of Oz” museum, Wakita, Oklahoma has the movie “Twister” museum.