A couple more spaces remain on
the last tour of 2002. The
prices below are for a complete tour package that now ADDS (over previous
years) arrival day
lodging (of course, the package still includes lodging for each of the 10
(and 6) tour days), tour t-shirts and an end-of-tour banquet.
Silver Lining Tours,L.C. Schedule - Spring 2002
sold out |
April 26 |
May 5 |
sold out |
May 7 |
May 16 |
sold out |
|June 16 |
|June 21 |
|June 23 |
|June 28 |
|Independence Day Tour |
|June 30 |
|July 5 |
Summer Tours Now Offered
Come chase the high plains and northern plains during their
peak severe weather season of June and July. Your tour guide will be the
Hill, one of the most experienced and successful chasers in the
nation. Roger will be taking you through some of the most extraordinary
scenic regions of the United States in search of severe weather of all
kinds. Eastern Montana, the Dakotas, the high plains and upper Midwest experience a
significant amount of severe weather, including supercells and tornadoes,
during this time period. Each of these tours will begin and end in Denver, the heart
of this chasing region. You will have 6 full days of chasing, with your tour
beginning and ending on Saturdays, which are designated travel days arriving
and departing Denver. These tours are designed for those who cannot
take off enough time for a 10 day tour, are looking for a later tour, or
simply want a less expensive
tour. Or, they are for you have always wanted to visit the northern and high
plains and corn fields of the Midwest but haven't yet. It is important to keep in mind that the shorter the tour, the less your chances of seeing
severe storms and tornadoes. Thus, if you're adamant about maximizing your
odds of seeing great storms, go for one of the remaining 10-day tours. For more information please contact David Gold or
Roger Hill (email@example.com)
and please visit Roger's web site at www.stormchase.net
to see how successful Roger has been during the late portion of the Great
Plains storm chasing season. You won't be disappointed! David Gold will be providing weather forecasts and data to
Roger during the 6 day tours.
NEW "INDEPENDENCE DAY TOUR"!
Declare your independence from the same old barbeque and
fireworks and come out to the plains to see the best fireworks display on
EARTH! Due to the burgeoning interest in our summer tours, we have opened a
new time slot and initiated our Independence Day Tour running from June 30
until July 5. The same arrangements of the other summer tours apply to this
This year, the tour package includes arrival day lodging, tour t-shirts and an
end-of-tour banquet. As always, the package still includes daily hotel
lodging during each of your 10 days with us, bottled water, a professionally
edited highlights tape and lifetime discounts on all future tours.
Each tour vehicle is a 15-passenger van equipped
with the following equipment
Portable computers with GPS
Ceiling mounted 6" LCD screen for
rear audio so that participants in the
back can clearly hear conversation in the front of van (we have finally
worked this out)
Cell phone for frequent data downloads
on the go; with the cellular network as widespread as it now is and an
external antenna we now enjoy connectivity about 85-90% of the time.
CB radios for van-to-van
Each year we add new
technology as it suits our operation. This year, we will likely add a
portable projector to make it easier to present the orientation meetings and
morning weather forecasts. Also, this could make it even easier to teach our
participants why we look at the specific products we do and what relevance
they have to the daily outlook. Mobile satellite internet is on the verge of
being practical for field applications; we continue to closely monitor this
technology and still plan to adopt it once we become convinced of its
viability. We have learned that one tour company that uses this technology
has experienced many difficulties getting it to work consistently.
that only people 18 years of age or older may attend the tours. However,
minors can join the tours if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Said
parent must be willing to indemnify the tours. Each year we have a couple
parent/child teams joining us and it is always lots of fun!
Smoking inside the
vans is VERBOTEN!
TOUR MEETING LOCATIONS:
Tours one through four will begin and end at Will Rogers International
Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tours 5 through 7 will begin and end
at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. Upon arrival
at the airport, a hotel shuttle will transport you to your hotel in
Oklahoma City and Denver. We have developed a long-standing relationship
with a certain Oklahoma City hotel. We always book each tour's block of
rooms months in advance. You will be transported from the airport to
this designated hotel via the hotel's free and reliable hotel shuttle
bus. Additional details will be mailed to you by March 15, 2002. This
information always includes details such as: suggested packing list,
typical tour daily itinerary and arrival day logistics (the
"arrival day" will be described in the next item below).
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WHEN TO ARRIVE AND DEPART:
The arrival days for the 2002 tours are: April 25 (Tour 1), May 6
(Tour 2), May 17 (Reunion Tour), May 30 (Tour 3), June 11 (Tour 4), June
15 (Tour 5), June 22 (Tour 6), June 29 (Independence Day Tour), July 6 (Tour 7). The departure days
for the 2002 tours are: May 6 (Tour 1), May 17 (Tour 2), May 30
(Reunion Tour), June 10 (Tour 3), June 22 (Tour 4), June 22 (Tour 5),
June 29 (Tour 6), July 6 (Independence Day Tour), July 13 (Tour 7).
Example: If you are scheduled for Tour 1 (April 26
to May 5), you would arrive at Will Rogers International Airport (OKC) on April 25 sometime during the late afternoon or early evening.
You would leave OKC on May 6 after NOON local time. The second tour
participants should arrive during the late afternoon or very early
evening of May 6. Due to the fact that we give a comprehensive
orientation on the evening of your arrival, we require that all
attendees arrive at the meeting city prior to 5 pm (if at all possible)
on your arrival day. We also strongly suggest that you schedule your
return flight to leave after NOON the day AFTER your last tour day so
that we can maximize our driving range on the last day of your tour.
ORIENTATION MEETING: We
will have an important orientation meeting at about 7:30 pm of your
arrival day. We may tantalize you with video footage of some of our
previous storm chases but we will lay down important ground rules designed to
make the tours a safer and more enjoyable experience. Afterwards, we
will go to dinner together.
COST AND PAYMENT DETAILS: Tours
1, 2 and 3 costs $2600/person (but only $2450 per person if sharing a
hotel room). Due to the more personal and intense experience created on
this tour, Tour 4 costs $3300/person (but only $3150 per person if
sharing a hotel room). The summer tours, tours 5, 6 and 7, costs
$1900/person ( but only $1800 if sharing a hotel room). This includes
all expenses EXCEPT airfare, food and incidentals. It also includes
bottled water! It includes, of course, ground transportation and lodging
during the tour. We require a non-refundable deposit of $600.00 to
reserve your slot payable by personal check, cashier's check, or money
order. The balance is due when you show up on your arrival day.
TOUR TRANSPORTATION: We will travel in the following combination of
highly-equipped vehicles: Two 15-passenger vans, with AT MOST 6
participants each, a driver and tour guide up front. Both vans are
equipped with the following set-up: computer navigation systems; cell
phone-laptop computer combinations for mobile data downloading (the cell
phone network has vastly improved and we are now able to get data this
way a whopping 90% of the time); LCD screens located in the front of the
vans to allow you to watch videos during some of the long
drives; CB Radios for effective van-to-van communications.
TOUR LODGING: The tour
pays your lodging on each of the ten tour days as well as the arrival
We are not going to spend any time in a roach-infested fleabag motel.
You will get a clean, comfortable room each night that you're with us.
Although we do not have an unlimited hotel budget, we will do our best
to ensure a reasonably high caliber of lodging on your tour. During the
past few years, here are the motel/hotel chains we have used most often:
Super 8 (a storm chaser's favorite), Comfort Inns and Suites, selected Best Westerns, Holiday Inn
Express, Quality Inns/Suites, Red Roof Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn,
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:
You should plan on bringing a large duffel-type or soft-shell suitcase
as well as camcorders, cameras or laptop computers. We strongly
discourage you from bringing hard-shell suitcases! Make your best
attempt at packing ten days' worth of clothing (again, these types of
details are expounded in the additional tour information that every
participant receives around March 1 of each year). Pack for warm to hot and humid weather. Pack two pairs of jeans
and long sleeve shirts. We will occasionally encounter cold weather.
WHAT WE DO DURING
"SEVERE CLEAR": Much of the success of your tour (i.e.,
the number of tornadoes and/or storms that we witness) depends on the
atmosphere. Although we offer our tours during the very peak of the
climatological tornado season, the large-scale weather pattern does
occasionally become unfavorable for frequent severe thunderstorm events.
We have not yet had a tour during which there were no severe storms
encountered, but during these occasional inactive severe weather
regimes, we can go 2-3 days with no significant thunderstorms. On days
when there are no storms expected (of course, we hope those are very
few!), we will offer a few tried-and-true recreational options. These
activities are weather-related whenever possible. Examples from last
year: we toured the Storm Prediction Center/National Severe Storms
Laboratory in Norman, OK; we toured three National Weather Service
Forecast offices; viewed tornado damage; we attended the annual
StormTrack picnic; the famous Big Texan steakhouse in Amarillo, Texas;
we even throw big cookouts and barbeques for you! We often find ourselves in the vicinity of
beautiful state and national parks. We have visited Devil's Tower, Mount
Rushmore, the Badlands (we love South Dakota!) and the Medora Badlands
National Park (western North Dakota).
EDUCATION: We work very
hard to give you a meaningful education. While you are with Silver
Lining Tours, you will enjoy a unique opportunity to learn from us. You
will have plenty of time to learn about the formation, structure and
dynamics of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and other interesting
weather phenomena in terms you can understand. You will be able to watch
your tour guides actually prepare the morning forecast every day. You
will be shown our systematic approach to severe weather forecasting. You
will enjoy the advantage of gaining insight while you are watching the
atmosphere in motion. We feel strongly that if you come to our tours
with a genuine interest in increasing your understanding of the
atmosphere, you will walk away feeling like you have really learned
something! We pledge to work tirelessly at increasing your knowledge
about severe thunderstorms, storm chasing, forecasting and weather.
ADDITIONAL PERKS: Each
participant will receive a complete professional-quality video of the
tour highlights from all 2002 tours, a Silver Lining Tours t-shirt and
an end-of-tour banquet. It is emphasized that the quality of our
highlights video has become quite excellent due to our wonderful
relationship with Alister Chapman, a world-class professional
videographer. This is yet another advantage of taking your storm chasing
adventure vacation with Silver Lining Tours!
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