Why chase with Tempest Tours?
Experienced storm chasers. That's what it's all about. Our staff possesses a thorough knowledge and feel for severe weather forecasting and the ability to identify and intercept the most significant weather. The Tempest team is comprised of trained storm spotters and storm spotter trainers, a climatologist, severe weather research meteorologist, wind meteorologist, and a National Weather Service meteorologist. With nearly 200 years combined storm chasing experience, our team is among the best group of storm chasers anywhere. You can learn more about our team by clicking here.
Solid intercept record. Approximately 9 out of 10 of our expeditions intercept a tornado. Some see multiple tornadoes. We are able to achieve this high intercept rate because of the logistical and forecasting skills we have developed over many years. Our founding three staff members - Martin Lisius, William Reid, and Chuck Doswell - already had a combined 50 years experience storm chasing before Tempest Tours was created.
Calm chase team. We do not scream when we see a tornado. If we get excited, it's because our forecast verified. Our team is calm and in control. Afterall, we've been doing this for a very long time.
Cutting edge technology. We employ the latest weather radar and tracking hardware and software, redundant GPS systems, and weather information systems to help us locate the best storm of the day.
Safe, comfortable, reliable vehicles. We utilize heavy duty vans modified to carry a maximum of only 8 passengers for enhanced comfort and safety. They are company-owned, carefully maintained, commercially insured, clean and smoke-free. And, we guarantee a window seat for all guests.
A commitment to safety. Our staff receives an annual safety orientation based on rigid standards. And, all drivers are screened and approved by our insurance company. At Tempest Tours, safety is a priority.
A dedication to education. We believe that all guests should leave their expedition with a better understanding of how our dynamic atmosphere works. We provide weather briefings and presentations to help meet that goal.
Commercial grade insurance. Before the company began operations, we obtained a commercial insurance policy to compliment our commitment to safety and responsibility. Read A Tour Operator's Responsibility to be Insured. We carry commercial insurance as required by the National Tour Association. Details below.
We're down to earth. Our team is friendly and unpretentious. Our vehicles are simple but safe and reliable. And, we are there for our guests, sharing our knowledge and making sure the receive a unique, quality experience.
Honesty. Our tornado intercept numbers are honest, and our counting methodology conservative. The tornado events we report are legitimate. Our storm photos are real and captured by our team.
Tempest Tours is a member of the National Tour Association who requires all members to:
1. Be in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and be duly qualified and licensed to do business in each jurisdiction which requires such qualification or licensing.
2. Employ, in a senior management position, an individual who has been actively engaged in the business of packaged travel for at least three years.
3. Provide statement/verification of financial stability in a form that is approved by and acceptable to NTA.
4. Maintain comprehensive general public liability insurance, which covers the operations of a travel and tour company, with minimum limits of $1,000,000 USD with reputable insurance underwriting companies; a comparable, proven self-insurance program may be considered for meeting this requirement upon submission of an annual independent audit.
And any ONE of the following list of options:
Professional liability, errors and omissions insurance with minimum limits of $1,000,000 USD with a reputable insurance underwriting company.
Hired/Non-owned auto/motorcoach liability insurance with minimum limits of $1,000,000 USD with a reputable insurance underwriting company. (Tour Operators that own their vehicles/motorcoach(es) should maintain a separate automobile liability policy.)
Minimum of three years in business as a tour operator.
Automatically provide customers with trip protection insurance.
Proof of escrow of funds.
ISO 9001:2000 certification.