Super Storms Tour by PDS Storm Tours in 2014

  • Starts: 2014-05-19 (This tour has already been executed)
  • Ends: 2014-05-24
  • Price: $2600
  • Chase days: 6
  • Price per day: $433 / day
  • Departure city: Kansas City, Missouri
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Name: Christoffer Björkwall
Tour: Super Storms Tour
Year: 2012
Rating: 4 of 5
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General review

PDS was, at the time I went with them, a new storm chasing tour company and I was one of their first customers. I rode with Gene and three others and it was more like going with friends or family rather than going with a tour company.

On this 5-day tour we were quite unlucky with the weather but Gene really did everything (literally) it took for me to see some storms. We drove from New Mexico to North Dakota and back in those five days. This dedication is something I really, really appreciated! It paid off as well since we got to see a tornado at sunset on the very last day. We came back in the middle of the night on our last day, just so we could follow that last storm. That is why dedication is important!

PDS may be small but they compensate this by having really good service. I have been on three different tours and when it comes to service, they are unmatched.

This was a great tour but the unconfomfortable truck pulls down the grade a bit. I would recommend PDS, especially in terms of the relatively low cost of the tour (at the time when I went).

Tour guide

Gene is a firefighter that started a storm chasing tour company. He has many years of experience of storm chasing. As mentioned before, he is a great guy, explains everything (even after my 956th question) and drives, and drives until you get to the storm.

He may not have the same skill or experience as other I have chased with but he knows enough. One single thing I could complain about is that sometimes he could got a bit caught up photographing when, in my opinion, there were more interesting storms ahead.

Since PDS run quite small tours it is important to know also that Gene (and his wife Barbara) are not only super friendly, but fun people to hang out with.

Vehicle

There were two cars on this tour and I switched between the truck and the SUV but spent most of the time in the truck, since this was were Gene was sitting. The back seat of the truck was not really comfortable but on the other hand, I had it all to myself so I could look out both windows, including the back window.

If I wouldn't have been able to switch cars once in a while or if there would have been another person in the back seat I think this might have been a bit of a problem.

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Name: Sue
Tour: Super Storms Tour
Year: 2014
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

Had a great time on my tour even if I didn't get to see a tornado. Saw some great cloud formations. Gene and Barb are great. They got us into the storms on the days we chased. On non-tour days they took our suggestions for things we wanted to go see. Only negative thing I have to say is I would have liked more explanations on what they were seeing on the radar and explanations of why they thought to go here or there but I do have to say I didn't ask questions either. I think I am hooked and hoping to go on a tour with PDS again next year and next year I will ask questions!

Tour guide

Gene and Barb were great. Very friendly and down to earth. Like they have been your friend for years. Always had a story to tell. Very knowledgeable about the areas we were traveling. Found good hotels to stay in. Felt very safe. Saw some questionable actions from other tour groups on chase days but never once felt unsafe with Gene and Barb.

Vehicle

Vehicle was very comfortable and had wi-fi so we could use our devices to look at radar, check emails etc. We were all able to charge our devices during our drive.

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Name: S2KILLUSTRATIONS
Tour: Super Storms Tour
Year: 2015
Rating: 5 of 5
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General review

I love the option of the "on Call Chase" It gave me a chance to get my feet wet in the storm chase arena without investing an entire week. The staff got us in position to see a tornado and was courteous, knowledgeable, and passionate. They picked me up on time and stopped for meals and breaks if needed. Their communication was excellent and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to take a tour.

Tour guide

Very knowledgeable and passionate staff. They went above and beyond to make sure the trip was entertaining in down times. The owner is a firefighter and has skills needed in the event of an emergency which added piece of mind in my book. They have an excellent meteorologist on staff that got us in the right spot to view the storm!!!!

Vehicle

The truck was modern and up to date with technology. I also liked the fact that emergency medical supplies were on board as well. My only complaint is that the back seat got a little cramped after 1200 mikes of driving in one day.

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Name: Lance Choate
Tour: Super Storms Tour
Year: 2014
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

I was very pleased with my tour. I has always wanted to go chasing tornadoes. For my 33rd birthday my wife surprised me by booking this tour. I got to go to states i had never been and seen some awesome storms. I learned more about how to read the radar. It was awesome and i will tour with this tour team again! Thank you PDS Storm Tours for a great vacation!

Tour guide

I loved the guides. They kept us up on what was happening and explained it very well.

Vehicle

They vehicle we traveled in gave us all enough room and was very comfortable.

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