If there were a single drop of water in the entire Sahara desert, Brandon Ivey of stormchasingtour.com could find it. And he'd tell you within a few seconds at what time you'd be driving up to it. Same with tornadoes. I told Brandon up front that I was there to learn as much as I could the process of tornado formation but of course I wanted the experience of being in the presence of tornadoes as well. He did both. He answered my questions thoroughly and he took us to some amazing tornadoes. He understands the risks and minimizes them intelligently. I never felt my safety threatened at all on the entire tour. I had expectations of what the trip would be like, you know, as if I'd ever seen the movie, "Twister". (Ok, I've seen it 86 times ... but who's counting?). One of the guys on the tour was so happy with it that he's coming back next year for TWO weeks, not just one. The accommodations were fine. We went to restaurants where I ordered food I like. Plenty of pit stops when needed. The van is big, not a standard soccer van. Seats were super comfortable which your butt will thank you for because you're going to go a lot of miles. Huge windows in the van and they're moderately tinted so there are no headaches from squinting. It was amusing to see other storm chasers come up to Brandon and ask for his autograph. They recognized him from all the years he was on The Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers series and from being in the IMAX movie, "Tornado Alley". Oh, to be traveling along with the famous. Nobody wanted my autograph. They wanted to know what it was like to be toured by Brandon Ivey. Well, I'll tell you. It was pretty darn great and to prove it I'm going again next year. Maybe next year Brandon will once again get us to the most fantastic tornado and again beat Reed Timmer to it by 10 minutes as he did this year . I can't wait.
Ahhh.. comfy. Road like a cloud. Fast, too! Monitors show you exactly where you are as well as the weather. Snacks were provided.
Tour guide review:
He knows everything about tornadoes. After a tour with him I know far more about tornadoes than I ever did.