2022 Season Is On

Update - May 3rd, 2022

I'm in the USA now, and have just had a successful pre-season storm chase yesterday with some major supercells, lots of lightning, robust wall clouds, and a funnel sighted. A few more pre-season chases planned, then I'll be welcoming the first guests for the 2022 season.

Looks like an active season with La Nina and a negative cool-phase PDO in place, with robust EMLs to cap activity until late afternoon, resulting in substantial discrete tornadic supercells.

Status of the tours is:

Tour 2 - Fully booked

Tour 3 - 1 seat available

Tour 4 - 1 seat available

Tour 5 - Fully booked

Tour 6 - 2 seats available

Tour 7 - 4 seats available

Book now, don't miss out on a potentially memorable storm season.

Update - April 3rd, 2022

After 2 years in hibernation dealing with the fallout from the pandemic, StormGroup Chasers is returning to the Plains for another great storm chasing season.

A selection of spaces on 7 day tours are still available for 2022 - please indicate your interest in being part of these tours by booking on the appropriate tour on the Tours tab.

Payment of your tour deposit will be required at least 4 weeks ahead of your tour start date.

To participate in these tours you'll need to be fully vaccinated, and receive a negative Covid-19 test result just prior to coming on the tour.

Some safety protocols will also be observed while on the tour to keep everyone safe - this will primarily be masking with a suitable N95/KN95 mask <or equivalent>, whenever outside of the vehicle in high risk areas frequented by people not on the tour.

Hoping that we can get together on the Plains in 2022.

What's so special about storm chasing with StormGroup Chasers? ... 

"Lagniappe, that little something extra that life occasionally hands to us ... the greatest lagniappe is the new eyes with which I scan my Mississippi skies" - Jo Ann, a guest on Tour 4 in 2018.

"You will experience things you've only dreamed of and take the pictures of a lifetime" - Susie, a guest on Tour 2 in 2018.

"Road-trip roulette aided by meteorology ... a constant sense of adventure and a giddiness to waking up each morning with no earthly idea where you might end up next" - Brad, a guest on Tour 1 in 2017.

Come and see what a great vacation experience you can have chasing storms on the Plains, on a unique personalised storm chasing tour run on a non-profit basis - the best value-for-money tour group on the Plains.

Tour costs are just $2,050 US$ for a 7 day tour. If you share a room with your chasing partner, then the costs are just $1,695 per person.

What We Have to Offer You

Be part of a group of like-minded people joining together to pursue and capture the "whole severe storm experience" - tornadoes, supercells, lightning and severe weather of all kinds.

StormGroup Chasers has an impressive track record over the past nine years, with 70 tornadoes witnessed, including some major EF5 tornadoes.  We have been on most of the major outbreaks over the years - including Joplin, La Crosse, Kingfisher, Ault, Moore, Carney, Hutchinson, El Reno & Dodge City.

The tours are scheduled at the height of the severe weather/tornado season in the United States - if you'd like to see how the season usually evolves <based on long-term averages> check out the NOAA site at https://www.spc.noaa.gov/new/SVRclimo/climo.php?parm=allTorn - you can step through the year, week by week, to see how the tornado probabilities change. However, weather is highly variable from year to year, so there really is no better week than any other in the 2022 tour schedule - each week will likely have multiple severe weather highlights, and we chase any and all opportunities to see supercells and tornadoes as Mother Nature makes available in any given week.

Using only one vehicle, with 4 guests on each tour, this is a very nimble and flexible approach to storm chasing - no one is packed into large vans, and there are no large groups to herd through meals and rest stops.  We eat in unique local restaurants for breakfast & dinner where possible, and usually have picnic lunches with healthy food in parks/scenic areas, with lots of time to target all severe weather, while still maintaining a "humane" personal approach to each guest's needs on the long driving days.

Check out the testimonials page http://www.stormgroupchasers.com/testimonials from 46 very happy participants over the years, and the loyalty shown by people who book repeatedly each year.

Read through an interview with Peter Wharton, Founder of StormGroup Chasers, for an insight into the background to SGC - https://www.stormchasingusa.com/blog/interview-with-peter-wharton-owner-of-stormgroup-chasers/.

Experience each season's chasing highlights from 2011 through 2019 under Find out more about previous years tours, and scroll down on the pages to see what great vacation highlights are on offer.  

If you'd like to see what an actual tour looks like, click on Experience an actual tour and view the .pdf file for Tour 3 in 2017.

And, if you'd like to compare us with the other tour groups operating on the Plains, check out the independent review site at http://www.stormchasingusa.com/tour-operators/

During each chase season, detailed chase accounts, along with photos & video, are posted on our Facebook page - StormGroup Chasers - if you're interested, please follow us on Facebook.

Better yet, join us in 2022, or maybe convince someone else that they should have this unique experience - don't miss this opportunity to chase with a safe and proven team.

Booking Options and Direct Tour Costs

You can book a 7 day tour - these are 7 full days chasing on the road.

For a 7 day tour, the total direct tour costs are $2,050 US$ made up of your tour deposit of $1,550, plus 6 nights hotels on the road for about $500.  If you share a room with your chasing partner, then the costs are just $1,695 per person.

The tour deposit covers all tour operating costs, and includes the costs for your hotel bookings in Oklahoma City for the opening and closing nights of your tour.

The Chase

Whether you know a lot about chasing severe storms or are just beginning to explore Mother Nature's fury, StormGroup Chasers will offer you a unique collaborative experience where the key words are communication, learning, photography and fun.

With access to all of the weather software and forecasting sites and models, you’ll be able to take part in the daily decision-making about chase targets, while learning about what drives severe storms, based on over fifteen years of chasing, severe storm forecasting and a life-time interest in the weather.

Each tour is seven days on the road using one chase vehicle, allowing flexibility of movement to make the best use of our chase days. With two drivers and four passengers, everyone has a window seat. While there is never any guarantee of tornadoes, StormGroup Chasers will chase all available storms for the best "severe storm experience".

While safety is paramount, being able to creatively photograph the experience is a primary objective. From the power and beauty of a tornado or supercell, to a striking cloud formation, or a beautiful sunset, or a scene encountered on route, each day will take into account our shared love of photography.

Please join us for a personalised and flexible approach to experiencing the annual drama on the Plains - a unique collaborative chasing opportunity.

#4 for 7 Days - 2022

On the Road:
Monday, May 30 through
Sunday, Jun 5
Arrive in OK City on May 29th, depart OK City on June 6th

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