Most people hope they’ll never experience a tornado first-hand. But for some, it’s an experience they’re willing to pay a premium for.
Coming up- how one severe weather enthusiast capitalizes on Mother Nature’s temper tantrums.
Martin Lisius has been a storm chaser all his life. He tracks down, studies, and even films severe weather conditions. His enthusiasm and expertise has made him a nationally renowned tornado expert. He was even a consultant on the 1995 film ‘Twister.’
In his time storm chasing, Lisius noticed something unusual — People always wanted to come along. It was an observation that inspired him to take his passion to the public.
With a climatologist, a tornado scientist, and a single van at his disposal, Lisius founded Tempest Tours in 2000.
In May and June, the height of tornado season six to thirteen guests pile into a van and spend 4 to 10 days tracking down tornadoes and supercell storms across America’s infamous “Tornado Alley.”
These aren’t thrill rides. They’re legitimate educational experiences. Guests get to witness intense storms from a safe distance, and learn about the meteorological conditions behind them.
Of course, it can’t be raining all the time. During the lulls, Tempest Tours takes its guests to visit scientific weather facilities, tornado museums, and local tourist attractions, like Mt. Rushmore and the world’s largest ball of twine. (Yes, there is one! It’s in Cawker City, Kansas.)
Starting at $1700, Tempest Tours also provides guests with nightly lodging and a free t-shirt. While there’s no guarantee that guests will see a tornado, Tempest Tours claims they average two tornadoes per tour.
The company has been experiencing slow but steady growth, and today, their staff of 16 averages eight tours per season. They’re testing some new concepts too, like the Luxury Tornado Tour which offers guests higher end hotels and nightly accommodations.
Martin Lisius exemplifies one of the axioms featured on our website: Pursue Your Passion.
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Watch “Chasing a Tornado Outbreak with Tempest Tours” Below (8 minutes)