In just over a month the 1018 tswails.com storm chase will be headed to the wide open spaces of the Plains. Our quest...to capture and document the most violent storms on earth, specifically tornadoes. The dates are May 25th to June 1st. We have one more spot available if you want to be part of the team and experience first hand what these powerful yet majestic forces of nature are all about. If you are interested check below for additional details. We have a price that's impossible to beat.
Part of the package is the official team t/shirt, the design of which was just completed today. Bold and sleek, just like the team.
This years chase team includes.
BLAINE "BIRD DOG" HILTON
"CAPTAIN" SCOTT HAYNES
JESSIE "JAMES" VANISEGHEM
PRAVIN GUPTA AKA "DOC"
KHOLBY "CHEESE" MARTIN
ETHAN "THE BEAST" SCHISLER
CAROLYN "THE QUEEN" WETTSTONE
Exclusive sponsor DAHL FORD. Thanks to DAHL, the team rides in unparalleled style
KV "THE DUDE" DAHL
Below T Swails in 2010 capturing a multi vortex EF3 tornado near Wakita, Oklahoma. Below that other images of previous chases including one with the legendary Tom Skilling and prominent chaser Reed Timmer as we discuss the chase alongside the Dominator. The storm images were taken by our lead chasers Kholby Martin and Ethan Schisler.
Here's the basics of what you can expect.,,,
YOU can have the experience of witnessing natures most ferocious storms by joining Terry and his experienced team of meteorologists on the 2018 chase. The preliminary dates are May 25-June 1st.
For the first time, tswails has up to 11 seats available for this years big event and you will not find a better price or more enjoyable group to live your chasing dream.
HERE'S WHAT YOU GET:
The package includes a meet and greet orientation session on arrival day. The team will go over the goals of the trip and and the things you can do to get the most value out of your experience. Just as important, we'll go over safety and travel practices that are essential to make sure the trip is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable.
Each participant will get a 2018 tswails chase t-shirt, autographed copies of all 3 of Terry's books, a Terry Swails bobblehead, and at the conclusion of the trip, a group photo and enough memories and highlights to last a lifetime.
Throughout the trip, you will have front row access to the daily briefings held by our team of 4 meteorologists to determine the days target destination. You'll get to watch and learn firsthand the art of severe weather analysis and forecasting. We believe firmly (and it's the teams goal) that you'll come away with a greater understanding of meteorology and how the atmosphere reacts in its most volital state. This is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the formation, structure, and dynamics of severe weather.
You will travel in a spacious van or SUV provided by Dahl Ford that is equipped with the latest technology to keep your phones, laptops, and computers powered and connected to the internet. We'll also have private channel radios for vehicle to vehicle communications. We of course take care of fuel costs.
The package also includes your lodging throughout the tour. We'll go out of our way to see that you get a clean, comfortable room each night you travel with us. In general we try to stay at mainstream accommodations that are spic-n-span such as Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Super 8, Comfort Inn, etc.
WHAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:
To keep the fees as minimal as possible we do require that individuals pay for their own meals. We have found that with the diverse tastes and appetites of our guests that this works best. You can spend as much or as little on food as your hunger dictates. Be advised that we are on the go and there will be times when fast food is going to happen. We encourage you to bring snacks or sandwiches if you so desire. We take frequent breaks for gas, analysis, and personal needs so food and drink is usually plentiful.
With space at a premium, guests will need to pack light. We suggest a duffel travel bag and one small personal bag. Since the chase occurs in late May it should be mild to warm but a light coat, hoodie, or sweat shirt can come in handy after a big hailstorm.
WHAT WE CAN'T GUARANTEE:
Even though the chase will take place during the peak of the season, there can be down days where the pattern becomes unfavorable for regular (daily) severe weather episodes. In general, storms are found in some part of the Plains or Midwest but if the distance is too great or it makes sense to hold tight for a better opportunity, we may have a down day or two. If that's the case and we get into what's called "severe clear", we come up with alternatives that will still make for a great personal experience.
For example, we may tour a place like the Tornado Museum in Wakita, Oklahoma where much of the movie Twister was filmed. We may visit towns like Joplin, Missouri, Moore, Oklahoma, or Greensburg, Kansas where violent EF5 tornadoes have changed the landscape and culture of the communities. We may swing by the memorial for the late Tim Samaris who was killed by the massive 2.5 mile wide El Reno tornado while doing research. Or there is always the Storm Prediction Center, a favorite stop of the team. Last year we had a great time visiting Mt. Rushmore and we are open to any of the great national parks that cover tornado alley. Rest assured, we like fun and entertainment as much as you and we'll make the best of a down day should one happen.
There are significant costs involved for the cars, gas, hotels, insurance, and equipment to get the job done. All we want to do is cover expenses so we can do what we love and pass the experience along to you. It really isn't about making money!
For what we've outlined above the cost can be as little as $250 per day. That's an incredible bargain for all you get considering most tours average $2,500-$4,000...that's up to $550 per day. We do require a $600 dollar non-refundable deposit and the remaining balance is due by May 7th. You can pay with a check, cashiers check, or money order. We also require you sign a waver to free us of legal obligations.
If you are looking for an exciting adventure, if you'd like to spend a week with one of the Midwest's most respected meteorologists (Terry has been at for 41 years), if you want to learn and understand the dynamics of severe weather, if you want to get out of your box and be "kinda cool", you've got to take advantage of this opportunity. We would love to have you but you do need to act soon. This is the last spot available and it's first come first serve.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions on pricing discounts or want to make the 2018 tswails storm chase a reality for you. You won't regret it. Roll weather....TS