Tourists interests are wide-ranging with some wanting to experience phenomena which others would like to avoid.
Storm Chasing Adventure tours has offered storm chasing tours in North America since 1997. The firm aims consistently to be the first on the scene as storms form and they offer the customer an opportunity to be closer to tornadoes and severe storms, but still keep safe.
Storm Chasing Adventure Tours employs technology to be able to locate storms. The firm was the first to offer a state-of-the-art lightning detection system that can detect and track thunderstorms up to 300 miles away. In 2000 Storm Chasing Adventure Tours started using came up satellite weather information and radar inspection when following storms in order to provide the best possible experience for the tourists.
The lead vehicle is the most highly equipped chase vehicle in Tornado Alley, looking like an armed war instrument, for the safety of staff and tourist. Most tornadoes in the United States form in an area called “Tornado Alley”. This area includes parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.
All kinds of people are chasers. There are actually very few scientists doing primary research. Most people chase storms because they are interested in meteorology and because they want to see severe weather up close. Others are interested in taking pictures or videos of the storms. Finding a tornado is not that easy. Some experienced chasers spend 10-12 days hunting for every minute they see a tornado.
Storm Chasing Adventure has received quite some media attention and there are also other companies trying to fill into this niche. Being in time, getting close and yet being safe is the main issue. Planning and organization are a continuous challenge when offering this type of product.