Consistency in Storm Chasing
Chasing Adventure Tours is all about consistency. Nobody finds
more tornadoes and severe storms than
we do. We are
conistently the first
on the scene as storms form. We can
back-up our statements: View our photos
to see why we are the world's most respected storm chasing tour company.
There are only a few good chasing
groups out there that know what they are doing. The others simply don't
have the experience to get their guests close enough or in the right
position to experience tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
Why are we so much better than the
rest? About 60% of
storm chasing relies on visual clues from the sky. It takes years to
learn how to read the sky, a skill that can vastly increase your
chances of seeing severe weather.
The other 40% of storm
chasing is knowing how to read weather data and knowing if the visual
clues match that data or not. Too many chasers go where the computer
forecast models tell them to. The truth is that these forecast models
are not accurate enough to predict exactly where severe weather will
occur and can only give an estimated location. If you rely heavily on
forecast models and don't use
visual clues, you are going to miss a great deal of storms and
morning, we analyze the upper air and surface data, forecast models,
satellite imagery, and other types of weather data. With
all this information,
we will forecast the best severe weather target area for the day.
We will depart our hotel between 9:00am and 11:00am after discussing the
forecast and target area with our tour guests. We will refine the target area as the day goes on with any new
information we obtain from our mobile
Internet system and continual radar updates as we drive to the
Due to prime storm chasing time being in
the late afternoon and early
evening hours, we try to find a locally popular restaurant for
lunch, which may become our main meal of the day. By 4 to 6 p.m. we
want to be in the vicinity of the severe weather target area on chase
days, so late afternoon
rest stops tend to be fast food or snack
we may be in very rural areas for the
afternoon and evening storm
chases, stopping for dinner might not be possible.
Please note that we will not stop for dinner once the active chase
begins to avoid missing potential severe weather. We arrive at our
hotel around 9:00pm. We never chase after dark because it's just too dangerous. When
there are no storms or on non-chase days, we should
arrive at our hotel around 5 to 7 p.m.
During your trip, you'll be
part of an important service that relays
timely information back to the National Weather Service to
help prevent loss of life,
injury and property damage in local areas
affected by severe storms.
Sights and Storms
tours experience supercell thunderstorms and lightning shows at night,
but not every tour will see these phenomena. It's also important to
note that in some seasons only some tours will experience these things.
When conditions warrant, tornadoes form. We cannot guarantee
that you will see a tornado because they happen on 25 to 30% of tours, but we can say that you will have a great
experience seeing great storm structure and the beautiful scenery of the Plains.
some tours, you'll be able to see university and government storm
chasers with Doppler on Wheels (DOW) equipment and other reasearch
time to time you may see the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) from the
show pass by on your tour. This vehicle is equiped with an IMAX camera
and is able to withstand a direct hit from a weak tornado. It's a real
thrill to see a television show in production right there in Tornado
Alley, so be sure to look for the TIV while you're out there.
We will travel as far as necessary to areas that
have the best chance for tornadoes with few trees for good
viewing. This area covers Texas west of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area,
Oklahoma west of Oklahoma City, Kansas in areas west of Wichita on
northward where there are few trees, far eastern New Mexico, Kansas,
Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Southeastern
Wyoming. We do not chase
where there are numerous trees because they severely limit the
visibility of storms and tornadoes.