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01-27-2008, 11:21 AM
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Anybody have personal experience with a storm chasing tour or know about them?
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01-31-2008, 03:51 PM
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There are a few places you can go if your interested in Storm Chasing....

My personal recommendation is try getting into Cloud 9 tours.You may have a chance to ride with the best of the best when it comes to chaseing.

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02-02-2008, 05:03 PM
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hurricane420 Wrote:Anybody have personal experience with a storm chasing tour or know about them?
Personally I chase a week every year. Normally the last week of May which is a climatologically favored time.
I would be very very careful choosing a storm chase company. They all claim to be the best and make claims that may or may not be true. My suggestion is to talk to as many people as you can who have actually gone with them. Although there are some great chasers out there that are not degreed, I would also strongly suggest that you make sure they are degreed meteorologists. Be wary of people who said they "attended" or "studied" at such and such university for that usually means they did not graduate.
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02-06-2008, 12:14 AM
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February 5, 2008


I can offer some words of advice here. I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and am a degreed Meteorologist. So I know some of the folks in the business. I was a chaser myself in the 1990's.


See if you can get in with whichever the company that Dave Gold hosts. I've met the guy personally. He has a Master's degree in Meteorology.


He knows his stuff well. I've personally seen him call the shots that all the other pros did not see happening. He was amazing. I think Bill Gargan, who's in the NWS, joins him in the spring time and helps him out.


Bill is a good guy and is easier to work with than Dave. Although Dave knows his stuff thoroughly inside and out, he can be very forward --- a little too forward, and is a very bold person. But some of the best folks in the business also reside in those stomping grounds that are the most chased territory.


Storm chasing has been commercialized and it gets worse every year. A few years after I left Oklahoma, these storm chase companies began in the business. All the TV stations in Oklahoma literally COMPETE for getting "first dibs" at the best storms videographed. We've seen chasers from Channel 4 speed down the road at triple digits!


Gotta be careful and you may just learn the most if you hook-up with some people at the University of Oklahoma. Storm chasing companies have to carry expensive liability insurance and that is passed right down to the customer. It's something known in the industry business as, errors and omissions.


I think you can save lots of $$$ if you find some folks there at the university in Norman, Okla. There's lots of them hanging around all over the place, hungry to chase. Some will even forego their studies just to commit themselves to a chase day!


I chased on my own for a couple of seasons with a team of 3 including myself.


Whether you are a weather hobbyist, a student studying meteorology, or a Met. from a different part of the country, this business of storm chasing definitely will instill a healthy respect for the weather that you probably didn't have in the past. Plus, you'll learn a lot about what goes on, just by observing the weather out in the field.
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02-09-2008, 06:27 AM
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I went out w/ Silver Lining Tours last May. I would highly recommend them. Roger Hill led our tour, & David Gold was our nowcaster. I did a lot of research on tour companies before registering w/ them. Other tour companies that are operated & recommended by reputable chasers are Tempest Tours & Cloud 9 Tours.
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