Review of "Tour #1" by Weather Gods
- Review by: Stephanie Holt
- Tour Operator: Weather Gods
- Tour: Tour #1
- Year: 2013
- Rating: 1 of 5
- Validated: This review has been validated
May 11 - May 18th 2013 chase tour.
I picked this tour based on the wonderful footage, information and reviews from the Weather Gods site and this site as well. So hopefully I can shed some light on the deception and address some of the hype that is on the Weather Gods site.
First of all, we had little to none of the chasing equipment that was mentioned on their site. The site boasted.......We have an air conditioned 15 passenger van that we will be chasing in. Only 8 customers per van will allow everyone to have a window seat. (We will have GPS navigational equipment, laptop computers, lightning detector, in motion satellite tracking, satellite receivers, PDA with cellular connections, anemometers, thermo hygrometers, thermometers, barometers, weather radios, and ham radios). In REALITY we had a rented van with a weather radio, ham radio, gps for travel and our guide's laptop.
Second of all, I was disappointed in our guides ability to read and predict storms. Another boast on the WG site was......(For any tornado chaser, getting weather information on the road is important, but the skill lies in how you interpret it). Well REALITY was we completely missed the Texas tornadoes because we were too far North waiting for storms that never really panned out. The guests and weather stations seemed to be more in tune with where the big storms where more than our guide. I did recorded a short tornado that touched ground while we were driving away from the storm. Our 3rd and last storm was the worst. Again, moving away from the storm, we passed up several spotters and a DOPPLER truck because our guide felt the tornado would show up elsewhere. I felt that nearly 50 spotters and a dopper truck could not be too bad to hang with. And I was right,they got to see some tornadoes and we got to see pictures of those spotters and doppler truck with a tornado in the background on the tv later that night. Seemed like we were doing more tornado avoiding than chasing. Also that last day we chased, we stopped chasing 2 hours before sunset when there were still tornadoes popping up in the area we left. Got to see that on tv too.
Did learn much about the weather. Saw lots of 2 second funnel clouds. Lots of dirt devils that I imagined were tornadoes.
Saw some cool historic sites on on good weather and avoiding days.
Learned some cool weather web sites as well as the storm chaser spotter site.
Very nice driver that got us safely everywhere. However, he seemed like a very nervous driver. Seemed to need constant reassurance from our guide when weather condition were not ideal.Such as rain on a well driven county dirt road.
Would like to tour again but with a different company.