Experience a unique collaborative storm chasing tour run on a non-profit basis - the best value-for-money tour group on the Plains.

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 seven years, with over 60 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/Shawnee, Hutchinson and El Reno.

In 2017, despite a difficult chasing season, we chased all severe weather available on 24 of the 44 days on the road, and experienced 9 tornado events. On May 16th, we chased a classic tornadic supercell for 5 hours - from initiation in Turkey, TX to a destructive tornado near Elk City, OK. Along with some other amazing storms that season, we brought home some great photographs, and visited some unique and interesting places.

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 where possible, usually have picnic lunches with healthy food in parks/scenic areas - and 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, along with the chase highlights under Find out more about previous years tours, to see what a fabulous vacation is 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 follow us on Facebook.

Better yet, join us in 2018 - or maybe convince someone else that they should have this unique experience - don't miss the opportunity to chase with a safe and proven team.

You have the option of booking either a 7 day or 10 day tour.

As of January 1st, there are 7 seats left on the 2018 tours:

Tour 1 - 2 seats <7 days chasing>

Tour 2 - 1 seat <10 days chasing>

Tour 3 - 2 seats <10 days chasing>

Tour 4 - 2 seats <7 days chasing>

Total tour cost for a 7 day tour is $1,850 US$ made up of the tour deposit of $1,400 plus 6 nights hotels on the road for about $450, for a full 7 days chasing on the road.

For a 10 day tour the total cost is $2,675 made up of the tour deposit of $2,000, plus 9 nights hotels on the road for about $675, for a full 10 days chasing on the road.

The tour deposit covers your hotel reservations in Oklahoma City for the opening and closing nights of your tour.

If you'd like to book one of the tours, please register your interest at http://www.stormgroupchasers.com/tours

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 either seven or ten 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".

Safety is paramount, but being able to photograph the experience is also 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.

Tour Leadership

Your tour will be led by myself, Peter Wharton, as tour organiser and lead forecaster.  I started storm chasing in 2002 after a lifelong interest in severe weather.  My earliest memory is standing in my crib and watching a major lightning display one night in London - childhood imprinting for severe weather!

I've personally witnessed over 90 tornadoes in my years of chasing. An especially photogenic experience was the classic Campo, Colorado EF2 tornado on May 31st, 2010 - this was a "chaser's dream tornado" - one that chasers wait years to see, and then talk about forever!  In 2011, we were within a few miles of the destructive Joplin, Missouri tornado - a sobering experience, reminding us of the devastating impact of severe weather on local communities.  In 2012, we witnessed 7 tornadoes one magic afternoon/evening at La Crosse, Kansas - that evening's chase ended with a huge cone tornado just a mile away, popping out of the gloom only when backlit by intense CG lighting.  The 2013 tours included huge wedge tornadoes at Carney & El Reno, OK and Bennington, KS - unfortunately with tragic outcomes at El Reno, giving a pointed reminder of the need to be ever vigilant about safe chasing practices. In 2016 we were right underneath a supercell as it went tornado-warned south of Dodge City - we witnessed 13 separate tornadoes that afternoon on the one incredible cyclic tornadic supercell.

Despite all these dramatic events, the experience of closing in on a massive rotating "spaceship" supercell never ceases to amaze me - I really enjoy the challenge of targeting severe weather, rolling along on a superb road trip with great people, and doing my utmost to deliver the best possible chasing experience.

Mike Diamond will be returning as a third-year SGC alumnus to co-drive with me on Tour 1.  His lifelong interest in weather began as a child with daily thunderstorm-watching while visiting grandparents in Florida each summer, and culminates with being proud to participate in and lend a hand with the 2018 tour season.  His passion for the chase includes all aspects of the adventure, from the day-long cloud formations to the sightseeing and new regional foods, and especially the elusive twister hunt!

David Moore will be co-driving with me on Tour 2. He has had a long career with American Airlines, and his hobbies include music, astronomy, photography, soccer, weather, aviation, model building, and model trains. Born and raised in North Texas, he developed an interest in the weather in his teens.  David started watching tornado videos on YouTube in the late summer of 2016 and decided to experience storm chasing. After doing his research, and studying severe weather forecasting all that winter, he selected SGC and booked a tour with us in 2017. He found the experience unforgettable, and is looking forward to sharing with you his fascination with severe weather and the “close up” experience.

Rick Young has been chasing with me for 9 years, and will co-drive with me on Tour 3. Rick comes from a high-tech background and resides in Canada, spending winters in Florida.  His background supports his fascination and passion for severe weather.  He was with me for the "perfect tornado" in Campo. CO; a massive stationary wedge tornado near Bennington, KS; the tragic El Reno event; and many, many more. "Peter's small group approach gives everyone an opportunity to be involved, communicate, ask questions and learn".

Randy Hall has re-upped for his third SGC tour, this time in the co-driver’s seat for Tour 4. As the child of a WWII China-Burma-India Theatre pilot and radioman, Randy learned to fly at his dad’s knee and was awed by the beauty and power of the cumulus towers that surrounded them. Randy married his childhood sweetheart and fellow chaser, Jo Ann, and translated his love of flying into a career in aerospace. Every trip with Peter yields exciting chases, awe-inspiring weather, and life-long friendships with my fellow chasers.

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

For further information, please use the Contact Us form.

P.S. Many thanks to Trudy Rudolph for her work on the initial design concepts for StormGroup Chasers, and the team at Brown Paper Bag for their design and execution of the web site.

Tour 1 - 2018

On the Road:
Sunday, May 13 through
Saturday, May 19
Arrive in Oklahoma City on May 12th - depart Oklahoma City on May 20th

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