Review of "Tour 7 - Violent Skies" by Tornadic Expeditions
Go with these guys! They know their stuff - everything you ever wanted to know about tornadoes, supercells, thunderstorms, lighting, anything meteorological at all. It was not just educational but very entertaining - the discussions, the storm chasing, the sighseeing when there weren't storms to chase. It really pays off if your guides are good at analyzing the weather - and Erik and Adam are the best. They would spend early morning hours and after hours pouring over data when the rest of us were sleeping. In one instance, the other storm chasers decided to go south which turned out to be a bust. We stayed north and viewed a storm on which 3 tornado warnings were issued! On another chase we had a lighting show for 3.5 hours - it was amazing.
Vehicle was great - roomy and we had our own computer screen to watch all the radar and other data sites that the tour guides were analyzing. This was an important part - there were only 4 of us on the tour plus the two guides so we could pretty much do whatever we wanted and go wherever we wanted because there was no need to coordinate with 20 people! You should keep this in mind as you consider what tour to select.
Tour guide review:
As previously noted, Erik and Adam really know weather and meteorology and their instincts are excellent. As you can imagine, it's difficult to figure out which storm to chase when there are 6 or 7 developing in the state but their decisions were invariably correct. We saw the best stuff out there even if it wasn't a tornado. And in the off hours, we toured some very interesting volcano sites,rock canyons, and parts of the Rockies. Your in the care for a long time so its important to be with people that have a good sense of humor and are fun to talk to - Erik and Adam fill that bill,
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