Welcome to Stormgroup Chasers

Sharing a passion for Severe Weather coupled with a love of photography

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01 May 2024

Back in the USA - in Houston on May 1st

… “back in the US of A” 🎶😉 - ready to begin the chase in 2 days ⛈️🌪️😎 …

2024 Storm Chasing Season shaping up to be quite active

Looks like we're in for an active season this year - check out this thread - Spencer Dant 🌪️ on X: "Buzzing about an upcoming severe weather sequence? In the world of long range forecasting, a strong plains severe season has been expected for months, and I want to post a thread explaining why I've been excited for months with one term: ENSO transition. 1/x https://t.co/iYHz4oQ10U" / X (twitter.com)

Don't miss out - there's still seats available on a 10 day Tour 4 starting on June 5th - https://stormgroupchasers.com/tours.

2023 Highlight Photos

Highlight photos from the 2023 season are now appearing "one a day" on my Aminus3 photoblog at starting February 7th, 2024 at https://pwharton.aminus3.com/image/2024-02-07.html - just scroll through clicking "next day" from this starting image - you can also view the portfolio of prior year's photos on this site, accessible through the Gallery tab.

2023 Chase Memories - Tour 5

The chasing memories pack for Tour 5 is now available for viewing under a download link below in Explore A Tour.

Compare Us with Other Tour Operators

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So, Why Should I Book with StormGroup Chasers?

A once in a life-time experience - our highly experienced tour guides will provide you with unforgettable storm chasing. From the Dakotas to Kansas, west to the foothills of the Rockies, south to Oklahoma and the balmy, humid Texas Gulf Coast, our team has the knowledge, skill, and experience to provide the best storm chasing tour you’ll ever take. A guest in 2023 said: “I have chased with 2 other chase groups and hands down this was the best”.

Run on a non-profit basis just for the love of stormchasing - so you can rest assured that we will not be charging extra fees nor focused on just a money-making operation, but delivering you a professionally-run collaborative small group experience focused on our shared passion for chasing severe weather.

The best "value for money" tour available - just $3,500 for a full 10 days personalised chasing.

Option to share a room - if you share a room with a chasing partner, then cost is just $2,895 each.

Safety, Education & Sights - we’ll take you on an incredible & safe journey, educating you about storm chasing & meteorology as we experience severe weather, along with taking in the sights of Americana across the Plains.

Extensive experience, proven track record - with 20 years of experience tracking storms & exploring the Plains, our guides are experts at predicting weather patterns, ensuring that you won’t miss out on chasing opportunities.

Small personalised tours - our focus is giving you a personalised experience that you will never forget. You can explore the beauty of nature and experience the awe-inspiring power of storms from the safety of our full size SUV.

Book Now! - don't delay! join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

2024 Outlook

… outlook for above-average tornados in the prime areas we chase in Tornado Alley for 2024 … https://youtu.be/82fNaGA7Mss

Testimonials

Scroll down this page to the bottom under What Our People Say for an extensive number of happy testimonials - 4 examples, then a link to a file with testimonials going back to 2011.

2023 Chase Accounts

Check out our 2023 Season results and what you might expect to experience in 2024 by scrolling down on Facebook under Peter Wharton - Storm Chaser - https://www.facebook.com/peter.wharton.storm.chaser - there you'll find detailed chase accounts with pictures, video, maps and radar images.

Storm Chasing Photography

Check out an extensive gallery of photos taken on our storm chasing tours across the years, in the link above under Gallery at the top of the page.


What We Have to Offer You

Small personalised tours - be part of a group of like-minded people joining together to pursue and capture the "whole severe storm experience" - tornadoes, supercells, lightning and severe weather of all kinds.

Track record - StormGroup Chasers has an impressive track record over its 10 chasing seasons <interrupted for 2 years by Covid-19>, with nearly 90 tornadoes witnessed, including some major EF5 tornadoes. We have been on most of the major outbreaks over the years - including Joplin, La Crosse, Kingfisher, Ault, Moore, Carney, Hutchinson, El Reno & Dodge City.

EXPLORE A TOUR

If you'd like to see what an actual tour looks like, click on the download button below, and view Tour 5 in 2023.

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BOOKING OPTIONS AND DIRECT TOUR COSTS

All the tours are 10 days and we deliver 10 full days chasing on the road.

Tour costs - tour costs are only $2,895 US$ each if you share a room with a chasing partner. For a single booking on your own it’s your tour deposit of $2,500, plus 9 nights hotels on the road for about $1,000, for a total of $3,500.

What does this cover? - this covers all tour operating costs, your hotel bookings in Oklahoma City for the opening and closing nights, plus 9 nights in hotels on the road in your own room.

THE CHASE

Unique collaborative experience - whether you know a lot about chasing severe storms or are just beginning to explore Mother Nature's fury, StormGroup Chasers will offer you a unique collaborative experience where the key words are communication, learning, photography and fun.

Learn from us - with access to all of the weather software and forecasting sites and models, you’ll be able to take part in the daily decision-making about chase targets, while learning about what drives severe storms, based on twenty years of chasing severe storms and a life-time interest in the weather.

One vehicle for nimble chasing - each tour is ten days on the road using one chase vehicle, allowing flexibility of movement to make the best use of our chase days. With two drivers and four passengers, everyone has a window seat. While there is no guarantee of tornadoes, StormGroup Chasers will chase all available storms for the best "severe storm experience".

Safety is our guide - while safety is paramount, being able to creatively photograph the experience is a primary objective. From the power and beauty of a tornado or supercell, to a striking cloud formation, or a beautiful sunset, or a scene encountered on route, each day will take into account our shared love of photography.

Book now - please join us for a personalised and flexible approach to experiencing the annual drama on the Plains - a unique collaborative chasing opportunity.

TESTIMONIALS

What our people say

2023 - witness big cloud ships in the sky, fervent lightning shows, twisters - and have access to a wealth of weather science while you're at it. All this and more can be found when chasing with Peter. Not to mention invaluable daily picnics, great local restaiurant picks (beyond burgers & bbq) and a daily hit of local historic landmarks of whichever town you end up in. Honestly, have chased with 2 other chase groups and hands down this was the best. Forget the "extreme" van packs out to punch cores. A healthy (minimal gas station dinners) sensible (but always thrilling) chase aspect, not to mention cultured (Buddy Holly Museum anyone?) option exists. A true diamond in the rough here.

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Hardev

United States

2023 - I’ve been fascinated with storms since my early childhood growing up on Lake Temiskaming in the James Bay Frontier. I love photography and taking a break from “city life” so I took the opportunity in 2022 to go on a storm trip with Peter Wharton. You need to give yourself a first trip to understand how storm chasing works. Then came the second trip this year. Peter put together a road trip chasing storms through the central US that surpassed my expectations. Leave your wifi behind and the tourists in the run of the mill vacations ! … to witness the power of nature with your own eyes and in my case, take a ton of pictures . This storm trip 2023 has been one of my ultimate vacation experiences!

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Louise

Canada

2019 - I first met Peter on board a tall ship sailing from the Falklands to Antarctica in 2013/14. During some of the quiet parts of the passage he entertained the rest of the crew with some excellent lectures about the how the atmosphere works and the formation of storms and of course storm chasing.

As an avid yachtsman I was impressed and intrigued by his stories of severe weather, combined with a road trip through parts of the USA that I hadn’t visited previously, so I made a commitment to join one of his tours.

Well after 5 years I finally bit the bullet and joined Tour 3 in 2019 for 10 days of chasing. I met up with Peter and the rest of the crew in the evening after they had been off for a bonus day of chasing, I’d been delayed by severe storms grounding flights between Houston and OK City. This seemed to set the pattern for the next 10 days, we had one of the most active periods for severe weather that Peter has ever seen. The group of ‘strangers” gelled very quickly, gelled into a team.

Peter and his co-driver Jan, (a rock guitarist for a famous Dutch metal band!), did a fantastic job of planning, targeting and navigating us to at least one storm cell every day. Their approach to chasing produced excellent viewing and photography opportunities without taking unnecessary risks and without getting mixed up with large convoys of chase vehicles. There was also plenty of time to take in interesting museums and natural wonders whilst making our way to where the day’s storms were due to initiate. Peter also seems to know all the best places for breakfast (and dinner if chasing allowed).

I think we were very fortunate with the high level of severe weather, allowing us to see 4 tornadoes and multiple supercell storms and several severe hail storms with up to 3” hail on the ground. But the trip would have still been a great experience even if there hadn’t been as many storms, a road trip with a group of like-minded individuals.

I will definitely do another trip with SGC in the future.

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Roger

United Kingdom

2018 - In my part of the world, we use the word “lagniappe” to describe that little extra something life occasionally hands to us. Whether it’s a small piece of good fortune or even the extra cookie slipped into the baker’s box, lagniappe prompts the simple joy of receiving something unexpected.

My expectations for the Stormgroup Chasers tour were high; I’d been conditioned by my husband’s previous experiences with Peter Wharton and a gang of folks from all over the world whom my husband now calls friends. My husband had waxed poetic about his own storm chases, citing Peter’s expertise, Peter’s conservative views regarding safety and storm chasing without sacrificing quality of experience, and the sheer delight not only in catching the occasional funnel, but in watching storm development from cradle to grave.

What I hadn’t anticipated were the bonuses of the tour. Yes, I felt safe, my curiosity was piqued, and I saw beautiful cloud formations and countryside views. What I hadn’t expected was the sense of being included as a valuable team member, despite my amateur status. I hadn’t expected the unique pleasure of traveling with like-minded folks who appreciate the dynamism of nature and its beauty. I hadn’t expected to laugh as much as we did, despite our group coming from several different countries and from a variety of cultures. I was humbled and felt the universality of a sense of wonderment as our team viewed slices of America. Together.

Aaaaah. It was hard to return to real life after the excitement of the tour. But as I look outside to the threatening heavens, I realize that perhaps the greatest lagniappe is the new eyes with which I scan my own Mississippi skies.

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Jo Ann

United States

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Sharing a passion for Severe Weather coupled with a love of photography