Linda M

Review of "Tour 5" by Extreme Tornado Tours

General review

My 10-day tornado tour with Extreme Tornado Tours (ETT) was an amazing adventure. Our tour saw 10 tornadoes and multiple other storms. Accomodations were well thought out and comfortable. Hotels had amenities like free breakfast and fitness center. Lunch stops were fast food - makes perfect sense. Dinner was often a nice sit-down with the entire group at the end of a long, successful chase day. The tour director/staff took time to get to know the guests and to have the guests get to know each other. Very nice touch. I made friends from all over the world on our tour. We had 2 'down' days during our tour with no storms to chase. ETT planned excursions for us including a visit to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge where we saw bison and prairie dogs. The process to book a tour was easy. Communication after booking and before the tour was clear and very helpful for planning travel, what to pack, etc.

Vehicle review:

The van was comfortable and seating is organized each morning so guests take turns with the 'best' seats - not that there's really a bad seat. Windows were wide and cleaned at each gas stop. When needed, the temp was adjusted to make everyone comfortable.

Tour guide review:

Extreme Tornado Tours has the knowledge and experience to get you up close and personal to storms. The team works so very well together. They carefully plan each day - and adapt and adjust those plans as the weather changes - to give their guests the best chase experience. I learned first hand that tornadoes are like snowflakes - no two are alike. And we saw it all. While we had the luck of a productive weather pattern, getting us to the storms/tornadoes was pure ETT skill. Some days we saw multiple tornadoes... a total of 10 for the tour! We also saw amazing storms that may not have dropped a tornado, but produced stunning clouds and lightning. I also felt the strongest winds, and saw the darkest skies, of my life! Tour staff were all very skilled. They ensured not only that we got to the storms, but that we were safe and comfortable while doing so. The chase is crazy and exciting! You can feel the passion ETT has for what they do. And it's contagious. They share their knowledge so you can learn about the conditions making for a good chase day and the structure of an actual storm/tornado. And on top of all that, they are genuinely awesome people!

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