Extreme Tornado Tours

"Extreme Tornado Tours offers the most exciting storm chasing experience in the world. Operated by world-renowned storm chasers and degreed research meteorologists, a tornado chasing vacation with Extreme Tornado Tours will be an exhilarating, life-changing experience. Tornadoes have been occurring for millions of years; only within the past 15 years has seeing this rare phenomenon with regularity become possible due to advances in cellular data technology and weather models. Our success rate over the last decade is unparalleled, with over 450 tornadoes intercepted since 1998, including over 30 tornadoes during the 2007 season, over 40 tornadoes during the 2010 season, 50 in 2015 and over 60 tornadoes in the 2011 season. If you would like to safely witness the beauty and power of a tornado from close range with the most experienced storm chasers in the world, then an Extreme Tornado Tour is the perfect vacation for you!"

-Extreme Tornado Tours

LogoExtreme-tornado-tours
Websitehttp://www.extremetornadotours.com
Chase bloghttp://www.extremetornadotours.com
Webcamhttp://tvnweather.com/live
Established2007
E-mail extremetornadotours2016@gmail.com
Phone
Average rating 5.0 of 5
Reviewed by StormChasingUSA.com?No
Tour guides Nick Drieschman, Kevin Rolfs, Christian Cleary,
Special guests Reed Timmer,
Vehicles used
  • The blue van 
  • The red van 
 
Why choose Extreme Tornado Tours?
  • We are led by well-known, experienced storm chasers, including degreed meteorologists who have a reputation for finding the right storm and are not afraid to get close safely.
  • We have unique, comfortable vans that hold only 6 guests at a time, maximizing space and enabling each guest the best view possible. Vans are equipped with a lexan roof, allowing guests the ability to look up at a storm instead of through the window!
  • Guests will have the opportunity to meet and chase with Reed Timmer and TVN, stars of the Discovery series Storm Chasers and new online series Tornado Chasers.
Company name: Extreme Tornado Tours (Norman, Oklahoma)
Extras

Tour price includes all accommodation, Meet and greet BBQ with Reed Timmer and tour of Dominator Tank(s) (chasing permitting) t-shirt, tour recap digital DVD, water and soft drinks, entrance to parks and museums, and an unforgettable, educational experience of a lifetime!

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Name: Drew Myer
Tour: Tour 2A
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

Both of my tours with ETT were excellent. We were always under a storm if there was one and, despite not seeing a tornado on either tour, we saw some wicked things...well-defined wall clouds and funnel clouds, lightning, hail, etc. And when there wasn't weather to chase we were always on our way to see/do something interesting to stay entertained.

Additionally, both of my tours with ETT had several tourists on board, which is important to me. Part of the fun is meeting new people from different parts of the world who are just as interested in weather as I am. I've been on other tours where only 1 or 2 other tourists were with me, and that can get pretty dull. The motel/hotel rooms we stayed in were generally pretty good as well. ETT always strives to make sure we stay in the best (but most reasonable) lodging available. Sometimes after a chase that's not always possible, but they do a good job of at least striving for it.

One of the big reasons I chose to go with ETT is that I'm a fan of the Stormchasers/Tornado Chasers TV and web series and Reed Timmer. While we did get to meet Reed during both of my trips, they were both very brief, fleeting moments as we were preparing to chase storms. I fully understand how much Reed has on his plate and the number of people competing for his attention. But from the perspective of an amateur storm chaser and a paying customer of a tour that advertises getting to spend time with Reed, I was disappointed that it was for such a brief amount of time. I would hope in the future that ETT and Reed make an effort to have at least a sit down (over a meal?) to speak with Reed on a more personal level and under less frantic circumstances.

Tour guide

The tour guides were one of the best things about the tour. They're consummate professionals, but also know how to joke around and keep people engaged and having fun. Most importantly, they're very knowledgeable forecasters and do a great job explaining the forecast and answering weather-related questions.

Vehicle

The vans are comfortable and never over crowded. The best part about the vans is the see-through roofs, which allowed us to look straight up into the storms to see movement, lightning and especially hail coming straight down at us.

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Name: Niels Linthout
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

ETT is the best company around, although I haven't sampled any of the others. Being out there in the field with Reed (a few days of the tour at most though) is definitely a highlight! Plus, seeing the Dominator(s) up close is pretty cool too.

As far as the tour was concerned, it was simply amazing! Every day (bar the last few days) was a chase day, and we got to see some awesome tornadoes. Including the deadly El Reno one, which got us in some hairy situations, but nothing the dream team of Dave, Kevin, Blake, Shanda and Matt couldn't handle. I felt very comfortable with the tour guides, they are definite pro's! Service was overall very good, although I'd wish they came together once after the season to discuss the good and bad points. That could make the difference.

Since we had chase days every day (bar the last few) we didn't encounter any problems. The few small ones that did were handled on the spot. There was no bad weather (apart from the obvious) to speak of.

Apart from that ETT is a very professional outfit, and we got on pretty much every tornado out there. I'd say don't hesitate and book yourself on a tour for next year!

Tour guide

Dave Holder - amazing guy, runs his socks off to make it all happen!
Kevin Barton - lovely man, never stops talking and/or singing!
Blake Knapp - big dude and ever so nice! Knows a lot about tornadoes and weather.
Shanda Hinnant - best driver ever! Will get you there safe and sound!
Matt Phelps - awesome, one of the best!

Vehicle

The vehicles are due for an upgrade I would say, although I'm reliably informed that at least one of the vans has already gone through it! Space is a bit limited, so make sure you get a good setup on day 1. Do take some time to figure it all out! ;-) Apart from that there is free wifi on board, the rooftops come of too and there are big coolers for refreshments (ice and water free of charge!).

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Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

I lost count of how many tornadoes i saw, need i say more!

I was well briefed each morning and during chases on what we were chasing and why. I also had no issues with the information provided prior to the tour or at any stage during.

We stayed in good hotels and ate and drank very well!

We had very little down time but during these periods we did visit some nice parks and some shops for technical supplies.

Tour guide

A very strong point for ETT. All guides were very knowledgeable and experienced chasers who were willing to share their wisdom. I have been on other tours where the information flow was limited at best.

We found storms everyday which either produced tornadoes or photographic super cells.

All guides had a good sense of humour and made a decent effort to find nice, fun places to eat and drink.

Vehicle

The vehicles were more than comfortable enough with enough room to host multiple suitcases and camera bags etc. The vans also have a see through roof so you can see whats going on above you. We also had a multiple coolers in the back to keep water cool.

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Name: Jennifer Giordano
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5
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General review

I would HIGHLY recommend ETT to anyone looking into tours. They are run by experienced chasers and meteorologists, and they do everything they can to ensure that guests not only see great storms but do so safely and while having fun. Not only do you see amazing storms, but you learn a lot of information from the guides and make life-long friends. I have gone the past two years now. In 2012 we had a slow year weather-wise, but the guides worked their tails of to get us to anything worthy of chasing. We all enjoyed it so much that 8 of the 12 of us returned in 2013 together (the other 4 had life reasons, ie babies being born, getting married, not able to get time off work). In 2013 we hit the jackpot weather-wise, and we saw 7 tornadoes, ranging from small and weak to the El Reno tornado. During El Reno, it was obvious how concerned the guides were, and they did their utmost to ensure our safety while doing interviews with tv/news stations to warn others.

Tour guide

There are 5 main tour guides in ETT. Dave Holder is the resident meteorologist on tour, and is kind, funny, extremely knowledgable, and has the tour guest's comfort and wishes at the top of his priority list. Kevin Barton has chased for years, and you will know him as the man who built all of the Dominators (seen on Discovery's Storm Chasers). His eyes light up like a kid on Christmas when seeing storms, and noone explains a storm's structure like he does. Shanda, the lone female tour guide, is the utmost professional. She's been chasing for years, and is not only skilled in chasing, but is an amazing photographer. She makes memory books of the tours for each guest. Blake, another veteran chaser, is also a skilled photographer and loves to explain weather. He is fantastic at breaking down a storm and helping you understand what you're looking at. Matt is new to ETT as of 2013, but his understanding and instinct for storms is astounding. He's very laid back and puts all the guests at ease immediately. He also has a meteorology background.

Vehicle

We call the ETT vans our home away from home. They are lovingly referred to as Red Van and Blue Van. They are 16 passenger vans that have been modified by Kevin to be the best vehicles out there for tour guests. The last seat is removed, leaving room for luggage, then 2 people per seat - so 6 guests per van - very spacious. Kevin has also cut out the ceilings of the vans (and replaced them with some fancy material) so that guests can see out the tops of the vans at the storms above. The vans are also rigged for Wifi and have power throughout, so guests can bring laptops, iPads, etc to keep themselves occupied. Vans are cleaned, tires rotated, oil changed, etc, between each tour. Occasionally you'll see a cracked window from hail - that makes it all the more fun!

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Name: Karissa Hadden
Tour: Tour 3A
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

ETT is a tour company I have used multiple times and will continue too. They are professional, knowledgable, all guides are fun, hilarious and accommodating to all and every one if the guests needs. I have never experienced a trip quite like one with ETT and I miss being with them every day. They have provided me with multiple tornadoes and breathtaking storm structures always getting to them in a safe way. There should be a choice beyond "excellent" for Extreme Tornado Tours!

Tour guide

The tour guides made the best out of every situations. If there was no weather to chase we were taken to Bational Parks, museums ect. If there was weather to chase they always made our safety their number 1 priority and we had a blast chasing in every situation

Vehicle

Always made the best of if it and constantly educated us. in the morning we had a briefing using twister data and during the chase all guides were able to answer any and all questions.
The cans were comfortable with enough space for our luggage, backpacks and laptops. They have DVD players inside which are great and are always clean.

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Name: Shari Wingate
Tour: Tour 7A
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

I chose Extreme Tornado Tours for my first tornado chasing experience this year. First, and most importantly, ETT was very safe. Secondly, Dave Holder and his crew were very knowledgable and eager to answer all of our questions. They chose motels that were very clean and they were as accommodating as possible when out in the middle of nowhere for food. Although we never encountered a tornado, ETT found storms and explained the life and death of the storm so that a lay person could understand. The vans where comfortable. Visibility was awesome with the clear top. All of the guides were fun and friendly while remaining professional. I so thoroughly enjoyed my tour that I have already signed up for next year and I'm bringing y daughter. ETT is an awesome tour!

Tour guide

Dave Holder is a champion for his tour. He is always "on duty" making sure our needs were met. He kept us up to date with the weather and our plans.

Vehicle

The vans were comfortable, the glass top really added to our ability to see storms.

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Name: Gina Kelly
Tour: Tour 1A
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

The tour was fun, informative and totally thrilling. At the end of the day we always had a nice dinner and a comfortable hotel room to stay in. I had an amazing time and would do it again as well as recommend ETT to anyone looking for an exciting, safe and educational experience.

Tour guide

Dave and Blake were excellent guides - they were friendly and did a great job getting us to the storms and keeping us safe. Along the way they educated us about weather. On days when we didn't chase they planned fun activities for us. They were easy to get along but also professional. They kept things running smoothly each day.

Vehicle

The van was very comfortable.

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Name: Ryan Sandberg
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

Overall, the tour was an experience of a lifetime. The guides were professional with their duties but maintained a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. When we got under a storm, the guides handled themselves in a calm and collective manner. I felt safe the entire time out chasing. I have nothing bad to say about my experience with the tour.

Tour guide

I became good friends with all of the guides on the tour. They taught me more about storms and how to forecast. Even when the weather was good, they still found things to keep the guests entertained and happy. I think they all did an exceptional job.

Vehicle

We travelled in large vans. The vans were pretty comfortable and offered wifi as well. I don't have any complaints about the vans we travelled in.

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Name: marti Hollingsworth
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

Chasing with ETT was my firs ever chashing experience and I must say I will never chase with any one else. I loved every minute of my chasing experience we chased nearly every day and got on good storms nearly every day and the good thing is we got to see many tornados. I alwasys enjoined our evenings when we got to sit down togeather relax have a beer (or many)and have a great laugh and review the day we always had our evening meals in a nice clean environment never any cheap back street establishments and we always stayed in in good quality motels/hotels.
Chasing with ETT also comes with some other advantages you get to hang out with reed timmet and the dominators and there crews every where you stop you can expect crows of people taking photos and asking questions and because you are part of the group you get to see the bits most others dont (and maby the bits they wish you hadn't)
As I traveled from the uk buy air ett made this easyer buy offering a pickup and drop off service so you are never left traving across a city not knowing what you are doing.
I left the tour making some great friends and I also include the ett tour guides in this is was never us and them we were all part of the group and I will be 100% be joining them again

Tour guide

Matt, Blake, Shanda, Kevin, and Dave they were all a great bunch of people and like I said above I still call them friends they all know there stuff and will do there upmost to give you a good time

Vehicle

The vans we travel in are well fitted out to make you as comfortable as possible with good wifi connections air conditioning and reasonably comfortable seats and they are clean. They have giant lexan roofs so you get to see all of the storm and hail above you and good windows all round to give you the best views possible and having the tvn web cam onbord you can let your friends at home follow you in the chase

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Name: Simmone
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

I have had the pleasure of going on two tours with Extreme Tornado Tours and without doubt they were the two of the greatest experiences of my life.

The first year in 2012 my husband and I witnessed some incredible storms and learnt so much about extreme weather conditions. In our down time we got to see some amazing sights around the States which I never thought I would get to see. Although it came extremely close, we did not witness a tornado, although that was definitely not a deterrent to come again.

We immediately signed up for the 2013 tour, as did 8 of the 12 tour guests who had since become our very close friends. The 2013 tour was an extremely active 10 day tour. We witnessed 7 tornados among the most incredible structures I could have hoped to see. We were in extremely high-pressure situations, however our guides maintained complete professionalism and kept us safe yet close enough to witness its power.

In both tours we got to meet and chase with Reed Timmer and the crew, in the Dominator, which was an amazing experience it itself. The tour guests we met on both tours and the tour guides have become like family and I know we have built lasting friendships. If this is something you have thoughts about doing, I can't recommend it enough, just make sure its with Extreme Tornado Tours!

Tour guide

Over 2 years I have had the pleasure of touring with 5 tour guides, Dave, Kevin, Blake, Shanda & Matt. Their wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm is unparalleled. Their genuine desire and drive to get the most out of each experience is apparent in everything they do. They have all become like family and are the reason I will only ever tour with Extreme Tornado Tours.

Vehicle

The vehicle's were incredible. You would think spending 10 days in the same van could become uncomfortable, but this was far from it. The large vans, comfortably seat everyone, with good viewing capacity form all seats. The vans also have a clear roof so you don't miss a thing. Great wifi available to always stay connected as well as plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and use laptops and cameras with ease. I couldn't fault the vehicles.

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