Tornadic Expeditions

F5 Tornado Safaris
Extreme Chase Tours

Hey everyone! Thank you for checking out Tornadic Expeditions Storm Chasing Tours here on Storm Chasing USA! At Tornadic Expeditions we provide unmatched customer service and accommodations to our guests. We offer 10, 7 and 6 day tours and on-call single day tours. Our storm chasing vacations are limited to 4 seats per tour. This allows for a FUN, private, personal and comfortable chase experience. The advantage of our small group size is flexibility, logistics and time spent with you!  Our tours are meticulously performed and are of very high quality. Chase everything! Supercells, Mesoscale Convective Systems, no matter the storm type we chase! We chase when others don't. Storm chasing tours are the only vacation where you want bad weather but what if mother nature doesn't play for a day or two? No down days here! No weather for us to chase? No problem! We call them adventure days! Traveling local areas, visiting incredible sights, and eating amazing food. Guests from abroad and here in the States really appreciate this. With Tornadic Expeditions you are always in good hands no matter the circumstance! This is your vacation and we deliver the full Great Plains experience! The tour van is state of the art with FREE wifi for all guests, power to charge your electronics and a rear monitor to display radar and GPS location. Monitor is also used for entertainment during long drives. Window seats to the action for everyone! We also keep a cooler with bottle water and snacks! We spend quality time with you at all times! You will never be left in the dark. Updates are provided throughout the day during each chase and we'll educate on forecasting, storm anatomy, chase strategy, radar interpretation and much more! You can never ask us too many questions. We are Experienced - Meteorology and forecasting is our passion. Over 40 years of combined storm chasing experience. Producing quality forecast for each chase day is of extreme importance. We have the knowledge to get you in areas of tornado potential each day mother nature offers it. Our video has been featured on every national news outlet in the US and many TV programs. Our 2017 tours were amazing with tornadoes and supercells observed from North Dakota to Texas. You will be impressed with our ability. Tour Director and Professional Storm Chaser Erik Burns will be your guide on every chase. Please view our website to see our success. We are reviewed and highly recommended by Storm Chasing USA. Please take a moment to read through our reviews below. Referrals available at request. Look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Please visit our website and contact us if you have any questions or to book your next storm chasing adventure. Fun - Personal - Experienced.  -Tornadic Expeditions

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2014
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tornadic.expeditions@gmail.com
Phone
214-673-1680
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Why choose Tornadic Expeditions?
Size does matter. We like to be different. Our niche is small, high quality tours. This maximizes your experience, allows for more flexibility and easier to make last minute changes to logistics when needed to adapt to the ever changing atmospheric conditions. Passion. We want to see supercells and tornadoes more than you, the guest. Storm Chasing is what we live for and sharing those moments with you is our pleasure and honor. Fun. Everyone loves to have fun! Constant laughs, entertainment and humor is common place in and out of the tour van. Come see and experience the difference of Tornadic Expeditions! Experience. Over 40 years of storm chasing experiences resides within the Tornadic Expeditions crew. Meteorology and forecasting is our passion, being in the right place is our talent.
Company name
Tornadic Expeditions Storm Chasing Tours(Bells, TX)

Scheduled group tours

Tours in 2018

Tour Name Start Date End Date Price
Epic April - Tour 1 - 10 Days 2018-04-20 2018-04-29 $3400
May Madness - Tour 2 2018-05-02 2018-05-08 $2600
The Extreme - Tour 3 2018-05-11 2018-05-17 $2600
Prime Intensity - Tour 4 - 10 Days 2018-05-20 2018-05-29 $3650
Extreme Instability* - Tour 5 2018-06-01 2018-06-07 $2600
Upslope Supercells - Tour 6 2018-06-10 2018-06-15 $2300
Violent Skies - Tour 7 2018-06-21 2018-06-27 $2600
Northern Expedition - Tour 8 - 10 Days 2018-07-08 2018-07-17 $3400

Tours in 2017

Tour Name Start Date End Date Price
Tour 1 - The Early Show 2017-04-21 2017-04-29 $2550
Tour 2 - May Madness 2017-04-30 2017-05-08 $2550
Tour 3 - The Extreme 2017-05-09 2017-05-17 $3145
Tour 4 - Prime Intensity 2017-05-18 2017-05-29 $3550
Tour 5 - Extreme Instability 2017-05-30 2017-06-07 $2550
Tour 6 - Upslope Supercells 2017-06-08 2017-06-15 $2200
Tour 7 - Violent Skies 2017-06-19 2017-06-27 $2550
Tour 8 - Northern Expedition 2017-07-08 2017-07-16 $2550
Tour 9 - The Encore 2017-07-17 2017-07-25 $2550

Private and personalized tours

Tour Name Price (USD)
On Call Single Day Storm Chasing Tours $325

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  • All information given about the tour operator and their tours are second hand information and could be outdated and erronous. The latest, and most correct, information can always found and validated on the Tornadic Expeditions website
  • The start date does not necessarily mean it is a chase day, although this is typically the case. The end date could be a chase day but typically, it is not.
  • Do not schedule your flight according to the dates given here. Always double check this with the tour operator before you book your flight!
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Name: Dominique
Tour: Tour 8 - Northern Expedition
Year: 2017

General review

To describe this tour in one word: awesome! Erik Burns is a pro, with an excellent set of skills to examine, evaluate and act on models, weather patterns and topographical boundries. Although the week did not look very promising, he managed to get the maximum out of it and definitely exceeded my expectations: 4 chasing days with triple-tornado warned super cells and eventually one tornado. Of course we want to see the twisters but more importantly you want to understand the dynamics that are going on which he gladly explains! Nice hotels, great company and fully equipped car with wifi and screen in the back so you can track what is going on!
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Name: Kim Watson
Tour: Tour 7 - Violent Skies
Year: 2017

General review

Incredible experience that I will never forget. Erik and Adam put us on the storm's that delivered the most amazing structures and lightning and even though we didn't see a tornado this time, they certainly showed us storms that didn't disappoint!. They definately have the knowledge and the instinct to get us on the right storms. Had a great time with the small group which by the end felt like family and I have made friends for life.The tour was very professional and was made welcome from before the tour even started due to the great communication by Erik.I didn't mind the long hours in the car at all, Erik and Adam made us laugh and have fun. Looking forward to coming back for another tour!

Tour guide review

They did a lot of researching every night to make sure they got us into the right position and when there were no storms predicted, they made sure we were happy and did other activities that we all enjoyed. They had a great sense of humour and you could see how passionate they are about chasing and it made the experience that much better

Vehicle review

The van was comfortable to travel in, plenty of leg room. Well set up to be able to enter and exit quickly and safely. Enjoyed watching the screen in the back to follow what they were discussing about the storm's. Great being able to control the temperature in the back by ourselves.
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Name: Pam
Tour: Tour 7 - Violent Skies
Year: 2017

General review

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.

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,

Vehicle review

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.
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Name: Lia
Tour: Tour 7 - Violent Skies
Year: 2017

General review

Each of us were met at the airport upon our arrival and taken to our hotel by the Tornadic Expeditions before we started our tour the following morning. Both Erik Burns, the tour owner, and Adam Cuker, his co-director, were extremely professional and knowledgeable about storm formations and the best conditions for a tornado to occur. Because we were a small group, only 4 guests and 2 directors, we could easily change our plans to accommodate the weather, be flexible in eating arrangements, and book rooms at the last minute for the small group. I would definitely travel with Tornadic Expeditions again.

Tour guide review

Our two tour director, Erik Burns, and his co-director, Adam Cuker, were knowledgeable about the storms and constantly analyzed the data to determine the best location for us to be for the near and long term to see a severe thunderstorm and hopefully a tornado. Unfortunately, we did not see any tornadoes, but we we saw many supercell thunderstorms including a 3.5 hour continuous lightning show. There were 2 days of no storm activity in The Plains, so Erik Burns took us to many interesting spots to sightsee instead, including a national park and a national monument. As a result, every day was full of adventures.

Vehicle review

We traveled in a small van which was kept clean and had a mirrored screen pointed towards the passengers so we could see everything the tour directors were looking at on their laptop trying to analyze the data in real time for the best position to chase storms. This allowed us to ask them many questions on what they were seeing and what it meant. The van also had wifi so each of us could connect a device to access the internet and enough power outlets to recharge our internet devices and cameras, too. There were 4 passengers travelling with Erik and Adam, the two tornado chasing experts taking us storm chasing. We each had a window seat and room to keep our personal day stuff with us.
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Name: Roman Lutz
Tour: Tour 3 - The Extreme
Year: 2017

General review

Rolling with Erik and Adam from Tornadic Expeditions was nothing short of an amazing experience! It was great to be on tour with people who appreciate everything about weather just as much as we, the guests, do. We got to see it all - Amazingly structured super cells, mezmerizing lightning, huge hail and - most importantly - several tornadoes, on the first and the last day, amongt them one beautiful, fully condensed tornado that was on the ground for 10 minutes with a great rope-out! Even on the off days when there was nothing going on in the sky, Erik and Adam did all they could to keep the guests entertained and make it worth their while. On the chase days, you could really tell that they live for this and that they want to see Tornadoes just as much as all of the guests do. Great commitment! THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING TRIP!

Tour guide review

Erik and Adam were very professional. They ensured that all guests were safe, comfortable and entertained. Extremely nice guys who will answer all of your questions any time with a great deal of expertise - these people know what they are talking about and are VERY skillful when it comes to finding the right spot to watch severe weather. Also, very chill and cool guys to hang out with after a long chase day!

Vehicle review

Tornadic Expeditions use a small 6-seat van, that is 2 Tour Operators and 4 guests. Very comfortable, cosy vehicle. Equipped with an extra screen for the guests/passengers in the back seats, which enables them to follow what's going on in the weather models and/or to watch movies/other forms of entertainment on down days. As a guest from abroad, it was very convenient to have WiFi access on the van and to be able to go online with it. Also, they provide a large USB hub in the back area of the van, so all guests can charge their phones, cameras, laptops and whatnot at all times. I would advise anyone rolling with Tornadic Expeditions to not bring too much luggage, as the space in the trunk is somewhat limited, but definitely enough to accommodate luggage for a one-week or 10-day tour.
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Name: M. Bears
Tour: Tour 2 - May Madness
Year: 2017

General review

Professional, passionate and personable are three words that sum up Erik Burn ‘s Tornadic Expeditions tours. I signed up for Tour 2, 2017 which unfortunately was a week without tornadoes. Erik did his best in the first few days of the tour to find a weather system that could produce the storm but sadly, Mother Nature was not in the mood to show her might then or for the rest of the week. Erik successfully plied his meteorological skills in determining a strategic route in which to intercept a tornado but the best we were able to do is chase a storm through eastern Texas which eventually came up short. Although the week was a “bust” when it came to tornadic weather, Erik did his best to entertain us, spending two days in beautiful Galveston Beach where we saw some terrific sites, (i.e. alligators and a very unique waterbird rookery), the National Weather Center in Norman OK and the Twister Museum. Erik has a very pleasant personality and sense of humor and bends over backwards to make sure his guests are having the best time possible. Guests should be aware that there’s a lot of time riding in the van which can be quite boring if you’re not chasing a storm. Nonetheless, the van was comfortable and Erik played videos during the long drives. Many times we checked into our hotels very late. This may have been different if the week had been stormier. I highly recommend Tornadic Expeditions and will try again, with them, to see a tornado!
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Name: Guido Flock
Tour: Tour is not registered
Year: 2016

General review

Fantastic tour! This was my first storm chasing adventure and as I arrived it seemed like I hit a bad week. But Erik alsways kept looking forward and stayed optimistic. We drove from Denver all the way up to Montana because our chances looked good up there. Erik picked the right storm and we sure scored an EF3 tornado. While we were watching the storm itself Eric explained to me all about the structure and and the weather conditions we were observing. Safety, this can be said for sure, was always his first priority. He always did a very professional forcast, which payed off. During down-days he kept me busy by visiting local attracttions like wildlifeparks.

Tour guide review

Erik is a very professional and friendly storm chaser ! Even in a bad outlook he stayed optimistic and caught the best storm. He has a lot of humor and made me laught a lot. He is a great guy and he knows how to inspire people. He sure did the best out of the weather out there.

Vehicle review

Very comfortable van! Yeti cooler and A/C made it even better. No problem spending 13 houres in it !
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Name: Dave A
Tour: Tour is not registered
Year: 2016
Blogged about the tour: Read more

General review

This tour and the service lived up to my expectations and more. The weather cooperated fully and the tour guide Erik was on top of it every step of the way, even before weather services such as the SPC. Even when tornadoes did not form the storms we were on were always in at least a "watch" and always had the potential. Although I had not been on any other tours with any other guides before, I felt Eric & Tornadic Expeditions were professional and responsible while adding Erik's enthusiasm and personal touch. There was good communication throughout the process of setting up, during and after. My other tour member also made the chase interesting and fun since he happened to be from Sweden and had a fair amount of experience in chasing. The evening accommodations were clean and comfortable as well. Always had a good breakfast included and most had pools (which we could have used some nights but did not). All in all, I would certainly use Erik and Tornadic Expeditions again if I go.

Tour guide review

Erik was our tour guide and he brings a very enthusiastic attitude about the pursuit and the finish (even if did not finish in a tornado). I think the only criticism I had is that I am a nervous passenger in any car. Erik is constantly analyzing the conditions to give the best chances for a catch. However, he does occassionly become what I considered as "caught up" in the analysis during the drives. I did try to assist by keeping an eye on the road when the tornadoes were not in view. This gave me a little comfort since he could hear me mention things about the road conditions... but as I said to start, I am a bit of a nervous passanger.

Vehicle review

The vehicle was quite comfortable for me. It was a mini van with 4 captain's chairs and a bench. We were not at full capacity but it would have still been comfortable with an additional 2 people (I think). Our experienced other member had a bit of an issue with somewhat obscurred view from the rear but I was fine with it since much of the best views were while we stopped to observe and indeed we had plenty to view on this trip.
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Name: Christoffer B
Tour: Tour is not registered
Year: 2016
Blogged about the tour: Read more

General review

I was chasing with Tornadic Expeditions and Erik Burns as one of their first guests ever. We were treated with one of the best weather setups in ages with notably the Dodge City tornado outbreak (which we saw) and the 90 minute Chapman tornado (that we missed) during our week. All in all we some something between 15-20 tornadoes, which is absolutely incredible! The tour itself was in most aspects great. We started each morning by going through the forecast so we would understand what would happen during the chase. During the chase and at each stop Erik would explain what was happening and answer every question with good and elaborate answers, which was highly educational. The tour was an emotional rollercoaster starting off with seeing tornadoes three days out of four, including the amazing Dodge City-tornadoes. We unfortunately missed on the Chapman tornado just like many others, but it still was a huge bummer. Then we experienced the "perfect setup" on our last day that turned to a state wide-bust. Erik still managed to find a supercell in OK where we were some of the first ones to be on. All in all, it was a great tour, especially considering it was the first one for Tornadic Expeditions and I can highly recommend TE for other guests. The 4 out of 5 is a strong 4.

Tour guide review

Erik Burns did a great job forecasting the storms and "gave" us the chase of a lifetime in terms of the Dodge City tornado outbreak by recognizing the pattern early enough for us to blast up there, despite having another target selected. As with most other tour guides we caught some tornadoes and missed some other days. As a tour guide Erik is very friendly, energetic and involved/emotional. You can tell he really loves tornadoes and will share both ups and downs with you, maybe even to a greater extent than most guests! He is highly dedicated to make the tour guests feel welcome and catered for during the tour.

Vehicle review

We drove a very comfortable Toyota van that was equipped with a screen for the passengers in the back to be able to watch radar etc, which is a VERY good feature all tour vans should have. There is plenty of leg room and the van has both USB and regular power outlets as well as WiFi, which is very convenient. The only thing that bothered me is that the van has reduced visibility out the front window but Erik told me he would reconsider arrangements for that until next season, based on our feedback.
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Name: Olivier from France
Tour: Tour 3 - The Extreme
Year: 2017

General review

Thanks to Erik Burns. The organization is perfect. It is super cool and excellent storm chaser. I really appreciated the atmosphere and the state of mind. It is very professional. He choose everyday the place to be to see and follow storms and tornadoes. He took Time to explain everything we saw. I recommend it with eyes closed to make your stay a wonderful memory... Good speed Olivier from France ??
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