Review of "Tour 3: Tornado Bliss Tour" by Tempest Tours

  • Review by: David Balfour
  • Tour Operator: Tempest Tours
  • Tour: Tour 3: Tornado Bliss Tour
  • Year: 2008
  • Rating: 5 of 5
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General review

OK where do I start?

Let’s try Gatwick Airport 9th May 2010.

This will be my sixth time across the pond in as many years to chase with Tempest Tours.

Why did I chose and chase with them, and why do I still till this day.
Because the make no promises, they are honest. (I think some others may mislead you).Yes we will see storms, we may see super cells and yes we may see the tornado. They can’t guarantee the weather but this is part of the storm chasing experience.

Whatever knowledge you have of the weather these guys will take as much time to explain exactly what is happening and why.
They try and make it simple so the total novice through to the experienced chaser are fully informed of what is happening or what could happen and wear it will happen.

The two main tour guides Bill Reid and Brian Morganti have over 25years chasing experience and are up there with the top chasers state side.
Every morning you have a full weather briefing of the days intended plan.
They go through every detail of why they are choosing their target area.
Question are always invited and answered in full. Input is always welcome.

Then you hit the road.
As the weather pattern can change at any time the state of the art equipment is always being monitored for any development.

But sometimes its just good old gut reaction and experience that find the best storms, of which these guys have an abundance of.
My personal knowledge has now gone from the back of a postage stamp to understanding how to find the best storms.

If you’re into photography in a big way you’ll get as much help as you need, for that perfect shoot.
I can’t praise these guys enough for the help and knowledge they have passed onto me from my first tour in 2005 and will look forward to many other springs in the future.

So if you’re thinking of a storm chasing trip I can strongly recommend Tempest Tours.

Many thanks, Bill, Brian, Chris, Kinney, Scott, Brad, Jennifer, Rob, Doug.

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    Thanks for this review David. I live near Gatwick Airport and I'm seriously considering going on my first chase next spring (too skint to go this year). I have never chased before and I am very excited at the prospect, however, there are so many tour companies to choose from. Your review has really helped me in my decision making. Thank you.