TempestTours®   Est. 2000

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Tour Descriptions

All tours include chasing and lodging during the tour, and an exclusive chase team T-shirt.  Guests are responsible for meals and extra lodging prior or after the tour.  During the tour, each guest will have an unobstructed window view in our clean, smoke-free chase vehicles.  Tours depart from the base city hotel.  Guests are responsible for transportation to the base city.  A free airport shuttle is provided by our base city hotels.

We emphasize safety, education and responsible conduct. 

Tours are scheduled during peak tornado activity in the US.  Tornado season generally runs from early March into early August.  The peak occurs generally from late April to early July.  Our base cities are synchronized with maximum annual tornado activity.  Dallas-Ft. Worth tours are scheduled for the period of highest tornado frequency in the Southern Plains, Oklahoma City tours for the Southern-Central Plains, and Denver tours for the highest tornado frequency in the Northern and High Plains.  To read more about tornado climatology, click here.

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Oklahoma City (OKC) Tours (April - early June)

Our Oklahoma City tours are scheduled during the most active portion of the storm season for the Southern - Central Plains when thermodynamics have become well-established.  These parameters lead to explosive thunderstorm development capable of producing spectacular supercell thunderstorms and significant tornadoes.  According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, south central Oklahoma is at the epicenter for violent class (F4-F5) tornadoes.  These tours are open to anyone, from novice to expert.

Oklahoma City offers several entertainment, cultural and sporting venues. Nearby Norman is home to the Storm Prediction Center and National Severe Storms Laboratory.

OKC food tip: Best for home cooking, BBQ and steak.

Notable tornado events for this period: April 3, 2012 - Texas, Louisiana, April 3, 2012 tornado outbreak, April 2009 tornado outbreak - April 9-10, 2009, April 9-11, 2011 -  Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri, Alabama outbreak., April 10, 1979 Wichita Falls, Texas tornado and Red River Outbreak, April 10-11, 2001 tornado outbreak, Easter Week 2006 tornado outbreak sequence, April 13-19, 2006, April 26, 1991 Great Plains Corridor Outbreak, May 11, 1970 Lubbock, Texas F5 tornado; May 11, 1953 Waco, TX F5 tornado (deadliest in Texas history - 114); May 3, 1999 OK-KS outbreak,
The Tri-State Supercell, May 5, 1993, Happy, Texas tornado, May 5, 2002; May 4, 2007 Greensburg, KS EF5 super tornado, Mullinville, Kansas tornado, May 7, 2002; May 15, 1968 Charles City, IA F5 tornado; May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO EF5 tornado, May 25, 2008 Parkersburg, IA EF5 tornado; Blackwell, OK F5 tornado, May 27; 1997 Jarrrell, TX F5 tornado; Pampa - Hoover, Texas tornadoes, June 8, 1995; May 25, 1997, Anthony, Kansas; Lake McClellan National Grasslands tornado, May 20, 1999; May 29, 2004 Harper Co., KS cyclic tornadic supercell; May 30, 1998 Spencer, SD F4 tornado; June 2, 1995, Dimmit, TX tornado; June 8, 1966 Topeka, Kansas F5 tornado.
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Denver (DEN) Tours (June - early July) 

Our Denver tours are scheduled during the most active portion of the storm season for Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas and the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.  The highest concentration of tornadoes in the US occurs during this period in eastern Colorado and surrounding areas, on an annual basis.  Supercells are especially photogenic on the High Plains and sometimes take on a spectacular "flying saucer" or "Mothership" appearance due to the lower moisture values.  For this reason, the Denver tours usually offer the best photography options.  These tours are open to anyone, from novice to expert.

Denver is the gateway to the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains and is home to Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball and many cultural and entertainment venues.  Nearby Boulder is home to the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

DEN food tip: Best for steak, ethnic cooking and breweries.

Notable tornado events for this period: June 13, 1968 Tracy, MN F5 tornado;
Seward, Nebraska, F4 tornado of June 13, 2001; June 14 - 18, 1992 Great Plains tornado outbreak (over 100 tornadoes across CO, KS, NE, SD, IA, MN and WI); June 20, 1957 Fargo, ND F5 tornado; June 22, 2007 Elie, MB F5 tornado; June 24, 2003 South Dakota tornado outbreak ("Tornado Tuesday"); June 27, 1953 Adair, IA F5 tornado; July 5, 1905 Montague Co., Texas killer tornado; July 8, 2009, Windsor, CO tornado; July 12, 1965 Lawrence Co, SD tornado.
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Maddy's Tour

This special tour is designed for young guests with autism.  The tour will provide the same learning adventure and unique experience we offer on other tours within an environment sensitive to guests with special needs. 
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Private Group Tours

A private chase adventure for 6 including enhanced lodging.  When available, we will stay at the best motels possible - typically Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites and Sleep Inn.  These properties are usually one full star higher than our standard on the road lodging (Super 8, Days Inn, Comfort Inn).  Call us to arrange your very own private tour.





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