Tour #1 by Cloud 9 Tours in 2017

  • Starts: 2017-05-06 (This tour has already been executed)
  • Ends: 2017-05-21
  • Price: $3000
  • Chase days: 14
  • Price per day: $214 / day
  • Departure city: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Description: No description available

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$500 discount for those who choose to share a room ($250 per person).

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Tour: Tour #1
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Rating: 5 of 5

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Storm chasing with Silver Lining Tours is an absolute must for any weather junkie. All tours I went on were led by Roger Hill, and I believe he has a true gift in predicting where tornados are going to form. Not only have I seen 37 tornados over the years with SLT, I have also seen some of the most gorgeous storms, huge hail, horrendous haboobs and fantastic lighting shows. In addition, I have gained a wealth of knowledge about storm formation, made some great new friends from all around the world and have seen parts of the United States I never would have seen otherwise. The trips are as comfortable as can be expected, with window seats for everyone in nice vans with state of the art weather monitoring equipment, clean and comfortable rooms every night and all the truck stop food you can eat. Will I be going again? You bet!

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Tour: Tour #1
Year: 2009
Rating: 2 of 5

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I was on Tour 1 2009 . Collection upon arrival and return to OKC airport from the Guest Inn was good.

It was a poor start to the season and never really livened up until June but every effort was made to get us to any potential tornadic storms that there were. We covered hundreds of miles and even went as far north to get within 238 miles of Chicago,many storms just mushed when we got there. On May 13 we arrived at Kirksville MO just too late to see two tornadoes, one an EF-3 and the other an EF-1 but we did get to drive through a severe storm that evening with torrential rain and a lot of intense lightning- a great experience which will stay with me as a great memory. I also felt safe,there was no risk taking.

Because of the lack of storms we got to see places we wouldn't have otherwise seen, Palo Duro canyon, downtown St. Louis,downtown Dallas and George K. was good enough to take a few of us photographers into Dallas late evening to photograph the city lights and that was much appreciated. Our driver was Mike Theiss, a very personable and friendly guy as well as being a well respected chaser and he would always be ready to answer any questions or get an answer (like where we were heading because sometimes it was a case of following the lead van)

So,10/10 for effort and getting us to the few potentially tornadic storms there were but only 3 out of 10 for communication in all areas of the trip including the communications by e-mail and one telephone call left unanswered prior to flying from the UK. In reality this should be zero,that was my experience. The unanswered mails/telephone call was about booking my return flight. In the event there wasn't a problem so the the lack of response caused unnecessary stress. Stuart W.(above review) has also highlighted this lack of communication with regards to information, the most obvious being no morning briefings.

Both Tempest and SLT have comprehensive morning briefings and updates throughout the day. Each morning we got in the van my first question was,' Where are we heading today ?' otherwise it would have been akin to a Magical Mystery Tour. I mentioned this lack of a briefing to Mike who told Charles but to no avail. The nearest we got was a pre-Tour briefing about the do's and don'ts with regard to safety.

Rachel C (review below) mentioned that they had 'fun' but the kind of fun they had was not really something I personally enjoyed but each to their own.

Overall it's a 5 out of 10 from me. As I say,it would have been so much better to have had a morning briefing before we set off and be updated throughout the day. This lack of communication was the biggest let down for me.

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    shaun scott

    In order to bring some points in this review right up to date for 2013 I would like to say that in the last two years I have been touring with cloud 9 that communication on all levels has been swift, and very informative. If things were lacking in 2009 that is certainly not the case now. Also let`s not forget, we should all treat ourselves to a little fun on our holidays, right...

     
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I have gone with Cloud 9 Tours for a total of 6 years. I have seen what it is like when there are many storms to chase and when there are no storms to chase. Charles and the drivers try very hard to find things for everyone to do when there are no storms to chase. When there is something to chase they will do their best to be on the stomr that has the best chance of producing a tornado.

They also answer any questions a tour participant may have about storm chasing. All of the drivers and Charles are very knowledgable about storm development and storm chasing! They like to have fun, but when it is time to be serious they are. They want to see a tornado as much as the participants do.

They are concerned about safety. This is a group that I love to go with and highly recommend to anyone interested in storm chasing. Cloud 9 is one of the oldest storm chasing tour groups.

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