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2003 Tour Schedule
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We at Silver Lining Tours are pleased to offer the 2003 Tours. The prices below are for a complete tour package that includes: arrival day lodging, lodging on each of the tour days, tour t-shirts, a professionally edited highlights tape and an end-of-tour meal. The only items excluded are airfare to and from the meeting city, daily meals and incidentals (e.g., souvenirs).
HOW TO RESERVE A SPACE:
For the 10-day tours, room-sharing parties will receive a total discount of $300.00. For the 6-day tours, the room-sharing discount is $200.00. Larger discounts are available for groups of 4 or more (provided at least 2 people share one hotel room).
Silver Lining Tours,L.C. Schedule - Spring
Status: The availability indicated above is valid as of February
"OPEN" means that there is at least ONE space available on the
indicated tour. The Master
Class (MC) Tour, Tours 2 and 3 are full. There are 3 spaces remaining on Tour 4 and 2 spaces on Tour 1.
There is 1 space remaining on Tour 5 and 3 spots left on Tour 6. There
is 1 space left on Tour 7. There are 3 spaces left on Tour 8. If you're serious
about getting onboard in 2003, please act soon. It is normal for a sustained
rush of bookings to occur as the U.S. severe storm season begins and that
usually fills out the remaining spots.
Status: The availability indicated above is valid as of February 28, 2003. "OPEN" means that there is at least ONE space available on the indicated tour. The Master Class (MC) Tour, Tours 2 and 3 are full. There are 3 spaces remaining on Tour 4 and 2 spaces on Tour 1. There is 1 space remaining on Tour 5 and 3 spots left on Tour 6. There is 1 space left on Tour 7. There are 3 spaces left on Tour 8. If you're serious about getting onboard in 2003, please act soon. It is normal for a sustained rush of bookings to occur as the U.S. severe storm season begins and that usually fills out the remaining spots.
Our Different Offerings Explained
Here it is in plain English: the longer you're out in the Plains the better your odds of seeing tornadoes. However, we have long recognized the fact that many folks simply cannot take off enough time to do a 10-day tour. During the first half of the storm chasing season (i.e., before June), a tour length much shorter than 10 days runs the risk of ending empty-handed (i.e., no storms) due to the fact that the atmosphere can take time to reload between storm systems. Offering shorter tours is acceptable later in the season when the low-level moisture takes up quasi-permanent residence in the Great Plains owing to less frequent cold front passages. It is our perception that severe storm frequency is high enough then to justify a tour of about one week. We have found that the 10-day tour length strikes a very nice balance between spending enough time in the field to increase your odds to acceptable levels and the amount of time people can take off from work without depleting their annual vacation time.
So, the 10-day tour is for you if you can take off the time and want to maximize your probability of seeing a tornado. It is also cheaper on a per day basis.
The 6-day tours, offered in the early summer, are for you if you can't take as much time off but still want to have a decent shot at seeing great storms with expert storm chaser and SLT Tour Director Roger Hill.
Here is an article explaining some of the trade-offs of chasing in the "early" versus "late" season storm chasing.
Also, please note that beginning with the 2003 tours David Gold will only be in the field to lead Tour 1 (April 30 - May 9), Tour 3 (May 23 - June 1) and Master Class (June 14 - 23). Tour Director Roger Hill will lead all other tours.
The "Master Class" Tour:
Bill Gargan and David Gold will once again offer the highly popular Master Class edition tour, designed for those that want an educationally intensive and more personal experience. This tour is designed to teach participants the subjects of severe storm forecasting, strategy and storm observation. This material is covered much more comprehensively than is possible during the other tours. Each participant will be taught concepts that can be used to make his/her own chase forecast, tactical decision making in the field (e.g., how to pick one storm versus another) and how to use and interpret the myriad observations and data available on the Internet. Even though the Southern Plains tornado season is usually winding down, the Northern Plains and Midwest are entering their peak tornado season during the time period from mid to late June. It is emphasized that this tour will be most beneficial to those who already have some kind of prior background knowledge in one or more of the following subjects: meteorology, engineering, thermodynamics, mathematics, physics or storm chasing experience itself. Those that have NO prior knowledge or experience are encouraged to consider another one of our tour offerings.
We limit the size of this tour to 6 participants so that we can focus on each individual and better teach the concepts to the group. We ask that each participant bring his/her own notebook computer (if the participant doesn't own one, we will provide it). Beginning this year we will also provide a packet of learning material, including forecaster's manual and software for analyzing weather observations.
More about the 6-day summer tours:
Come chase the high plains and northern plains during their peak severe weather season of June and July. Your tour guide will be the great Roger 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 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 data to Roger as needed during the 6 day tours.
The tour package includes arrival day lodging, tour t-shirts, and an
OUR NEW LEAD VAN: In 2003, Tour Director Roger Hill will be conducting tours in a brand new diesel power train Ford 12-passenger van, customized to withstand severe hail and completely outfitted with amazing electronics designed to make your travel experience even more interesting. No other tour will have a vehicle designed so intelligently and sturdily. Here is a description of some of the van's features. Pictures of the van's exterior are provided. When customization is complete interior images and descriptions will be included.
Our core technology:
Finally, remember 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 forbidden.
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