About Us

Guinness Record

In January 2015 the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Roger Hill as the person who has seen the most tornadoes by anyone in the history of mankind (Updated in 2018 as well!). This feat was a long process where extensive validation is required, and to provide proof beyond the shadow of a doubt that 1) Roger witnessed the tornado, 2) the tornado occurred and 3) it could be validated by a witness, photo or video as proof. Roger was able to validate nearly 700 tornadoes at this time. Stay tuned as there will be MANY more added to the 2021 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records!  Another reason to chase with Silver Lining Tours, we’ll get you there! We are also the 2nd oldest and the most experienced storm chasing tour in the industry! We are consistently the highest rated tour operator in the business!

Silver Lining Tours is owned and operated by one of the world’s most respected storm chasers, Roger Hill and his wife Caryn Hill. Roger takes his 35 years of experience and storm chasing expertise with state-of-the-art technology to produce consistently excellent results year after year. We are totally dedicated to making sure that you have the most rewarding and exciting storm chasing vacation that money can buy. From the moment you contact us to inquire about our offerings to the last farewell at the hotel at the conclusion of your adventure, we are there for you, eager to answer all of your questions, share our knowledge with you and, ultimately, show you the majestic power of the springtime atmosphere from relatively safe but thoroughly revealing vantage points. We also believe in public education. One of our primary objectives is to educate you, our participant, about the earth’s most powerful storms while you are watching them in real-time. We also want to de-mystify the forecasting process, giving you real insight into how we predict the emergence of conditions that favor the development of severe weather. You will leave us with a much greater understanding of how and why these storms develop, as well as how we forecast them. Caryn leads the photography tours we offer. Her decades of photography experience, and expertise in the field, will insure you an amazing photographic experience, adding numerous incredible images to your portfolio!

dave_and_roger1The bottom line, though, is about results. We consistently have the highest tornado intercept per tour rate of any company. Nobody finds more storms and tornadoes than we do. The secret to our success? It all begins with making a good forecast. We take a systematic and organized approach to producing our daily weather forecasts, a product that culminates in the selection of a target area (i.e., the location that we anticipate will experience the emergence of conditions most favorable for severe weather). Then we drive without hesitation into the center of our target area, using state-of-the-art wireless and cellular technology to download weather data on the go. This allows us to constantly refine and shrink our target area. As our chase team approaches the target area, we scan the skies looking for visual clues that either corroborate the digital data or suggest that a shift in strategy is needed. Often times, we are able to identify physical processes and features that the relatively coarse observational data cannot resolve. Once a storm has been targeted, we are highly skilled at positioning ourselves so that we obtain the best possible lighting and visibility of the storm and its elements.