If your thirst for adventure and travel leans towards genuine twister experiences chasing tornadoes and storms across the American Mid-West, you’ll appreciate all the action entailed in a storm chasing and tornado hunting holiday.
Chase Twisters on an American Adventure Holiday
These organised holidays are geared around the peak times for storms in Tornado Alley, from April to August. The major twister season tends to be May and June, so you need to plan your adventure holiday with care and hope you will strike lucky with some fantastic storm-chasing experiences, views of the “eye” of the storm and great camera footage. Tornado Alley covers a vast swathe across America, including Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Nebraska and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.
Typical storm and tornado chasing holidays will include all hotels, guides and drivers, with vans or SUVs equipped with radar equipment, mobile broadband and high tech communications support. The holiday will entail lots of driving and touring through Tornado Alley in the hunt to find the best storms and tornados in the area. The teams leading the storm chases have vast experience in this activity and work with storm forecasters to ensure the most thrilling holiday experience for all guests. Hotels are comfortable, and when weather conditions show storms or tornadoes unlikely to occur the guides will ensure all holidaymakers spend time touring places of interest or National Parks in the locality, so no moments of the holiday are wasted.
You may be lucky to spot a tornado during your holiday as they only tend to hit in around 25% of holidays booked, however, guides will make sure some of the most spectacular storms of the season will be observed.
If this holiday appeals to your sense of adventure, you need to understand that much of the day will be spent in the confines of the vehicle. Very often teams will not have time to stop for meal breaks in restaurants or diners. Evening meals and hotel stops may well not occur until after 9pm each night. You’ll get to see some of the best plains scenery as your guides chase around Tornado Alley and if you do witness the full force of a twister and see just how tornadoes rip across the landscape, it will give you memories to last a lifetime.
You’ll be living out of your suitcase for the duration of this adventure holiday, as your vehicle could travel hundreds of miles in a day to find the perfect storms. You should be prepared for any eventuality and take a variety of different types of clothes to suit likely weather conditions. A lot of your time in the vehicle will be spent chatting with other holidaymakers, so be prepared to learn a lot about the companions you meet on this adventure trip.
When possible book your storm chasing holiday for May or June, as this will optimise your opportunities to view the best storms in the area.
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