If your thirst for adventure and travel leans towards extreme weather. You’ll appreciate all the action entailed in a storm chasing and tornado hunting holiday across Tornado Alley.
Chase Tornados on an American Adventure Holiday
These holidays are geared around the peak times for storms in Tornado Alley, from April to August. The major storm season tends to be May and June. Plan your adventure holiday with care and hope you will strike lucky with some fantastic storm-chasing experiences. If you are really lucky, you will get to see storms up close and get 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 chasing holidays will include all hotels, guides, and drivers, with vans or SUVs equipped with radar equipment, mobile broadband, and high-tech communications support. Storm chasing involves a lot of driving around Tornado Alley to find the best storms and tornados in the area. The teams leading the storm chases have vast experience, and work with storm forecasters. This increases the chances of a thrilling holiday experience for all guests, while staying safe.
Hopefully you will see a tornado or two during your holiday, however, the weather is unpredictable. Even if you don’t see a tornado you will likely see some of the most spectacular storms.
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 tornado and see just how tornadoes rip across the landscape, it will give you memories to last a lifetime.
Living out of a suitcase
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. Make sure you have clothes to suit a range of weather conditions. You will spend a lot of time in the vehicle, so be prepared to learn a lot about your companions on this trip.
When possible, book your storm chasing holiday for May or June, as this will optimise your opportunities to view the best storms.
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