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Hi Guys

I saw all the other Tours had a Thread and thought Tour 1 looked a little left out so here is YOUR Thread 😃

In under 3 months time we will be well into Tour 1 and hopefully some Southern Plains action and some text book Set-Ups. Who is out on Tour 1 this year and if you have any questions please ask away.

Myself, your drivers Jock, Richard and Martin will be arriving on the 2nd May to Set-Up everything up and test the equipment. The official arrival day is May 4th and the first official chase day is Sunday 5th May.

Cant wait to meet you all with the brand spanking shiny new Beast Cars and set off on this years adventure

Regards

Paul

 

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Hi Paul and others,

I'm also on tour 1 and couldn't be more excided. I will be arriving on the 3rd may, to have an extra rest day, after more than 30 hours spent on different airports (Vienna- Amsterdam- NY- DFW). It will be my first time in tornado alley and I'm hoping to get some spectacularly structured storms that aren't really common here in Slovenia (wouldn't say no to a tornado or two😀). Fingers crossed for an active week, full of photogenic supercells and a better season than 2018. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you all,

Jernej 

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Hi Jernej 

You are going to have a brilliant time on tour 1. 

The  great plains can produce some of the best structure you will ever see. 

 

Tom

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Hi,

I’m on tour 1 as well and this will be my first time storm chasing which I can’t wait for! Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Amy

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Hi all

I'm booked for tour 1 also, looking forward to it, First time chasing, first trip to the U.S. as well!! 🙂

Tadhg

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Has anyone got any advice on the best way to get mobile internet out on the great plains?

Im with Vodafone Ireland, so I'm thinking a US sim??

Cheers

Tadhg

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Vodafone UK do a roam like you're home option which includes the USA for £6 a day which I know a lot of guests have used in the past, not sure if Vodafone Ireland may have the same?

If not, you can pick up a payg phone / dongle / sim in Walmart no problems. 

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Hi fellow storm fans! 

It's great to get to know some of you already and get an idea who will be on tour 1. This will be my 8th year in a row chasing (yes, it can be addictive!) :-) I can't wait to get back out to tornado alley again and feel the juicy atmosphere and experience the most extreme weather in the world. Hopefully we are in for a good year this year after a quiet year last year. Bring on those mothership supercells and tornadoes! See you all soon. Olly. 

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All of the tour 1 pre-departure info packs have been emailed out this morning, not long to go now!

If any of those on the tour haven't received a pack yet, please let me know and I'll resend. We can start looking at the forecast models for the start of the tour in a couple of days..

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And so it begins...

The first glimpse of the setup we may see for the start of tour 1 for 2019. Not looking terrible either, perhaps a nice gentle and fairly local introduction to US storm chasing for our chase virgins on day 1 of the tour. 

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Chart on the left is the CAPE, which is the energy in the atmosphere for storms to use, right hand side is convective rainfall - eg rain from thunderstorms/thundery showers at that time.

Long, long way to go, so very likely to change - will update regularly in here as we get closer. (Anyone else following the models for this is also welcome to join in). 

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Is that map showing 5000 CAPE and a Lifted Index of -12 in Southern Texas?

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Yep, hail time!

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