SOURCE: Tempest Tours

March 08, 2005 09:00 ET

Storm Chasing Group to Deliver the Adventure of a Lifetime This Spring

ARLINGTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2005 -- Texas-based Tempest Tours Storm Chasing Expeditions will provide its guests with the adventure of a lifetime when the group conducts operations this spring. The company, headed by three veteran storm chasers, will lead six expeditions into Tornado Alley in search of nature's most spectacular weather. More tornadoes occur in Tornado Alley, a region that stretches from Texas to the Dakotas, than anywhere else on earth.

"Our goal is to introduce the science and romance of storm chasing to our guests," said Tempest Tours founder and president, Martin Lisius. "We provide an in-depth look at the dynamics responsible for the development of tornadic storms, and we expose them to the beauty of the Great Plains in spring. Guests leave with a better understanding of how our atmosphere works and a greater appreciation for the American prairie."

The Tempest Tours senior team is comprised of Lisius, tour director William T. Reid, and lecture guide Dr. Charles Doswell, III. Together, they have accumulated more than 60 years of storm chasing experience. Lisius is best known for his high quality motion picture footage of storms. Reid is a climatologist and published storm photographer. And, Dr. Doswell is a former researcher with the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma and is regarded as one of the top tornado scientists in the world.

Tempest Tours intercepted a record 23 tornadoes during a two-month period in 2003, and repeated with 23 during the same period in 2004. That's an average of 3.8 tornadoes per tour. "Even though we can't guarantee a tornado, we can promise our guests the opportunity to live the life of a real storm chaser for a few days," Lisius said. "That in itself is an adventure of a lifetime for many of them."

Tempest Tours will operate six tours in May and June, the peak of tornado activity in the United States. Tours will depart from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Oklahoma City and Denver. Fees range from $1,900.00 to $2,700.00 per person for six, eight and ten days of storm chasing. Information, including tour schedule, can be accessed on-line at

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