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Recommended holiday

Community Veteran
Posts: 1,236
Registered: 02-08-2007

Recommended holiday

I have just got home from a storm chasing adventure is the States with famous storm chaser Roger Hill (Silver Lining Tours). 10 days, 6401 miles (by road) 10 US States, 1 Canadian province, 3 tornados, 1 (baseball sized) hail storm, countless fantastic lightning shows, countless amazing thunderstorms and much more fast food than is healthy in a short time.
It is a very expensive trip but worth absolutely every penny for any of you who are interested in this sort of thing. If you watch Storm Chasers on Discovery be aware that although it is pretty much like this when "on the chase"  they do not depict the endless hours of long driving in the mornings and nights to get to the "target area" which can change by hundreds of miles a day. They also make it look easier than it actually is to catch a tornado!
Unfortunately it will be 2012 before I can afford to go again  Sad
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Community Veteran
Posts: 1,850
Registered: 11-08-2007

Re: Recommended holiday

lucky blighter.  did you get plenty of film to upload.  would you pm me on cost?  i know someone who'd fancy that.
Community Veteran
Posts: 1,236
Registered: 02-08-2007

Re: Recommended holiday

I did get lots of video/photos. I have put some of the video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/seanbranagh I like the hail storm videos, that was my 30th birthday.
I am not a photographer or camera man so my video/photos are pretty rubbish. However some of the guys on tour are photographers. The best photos are on Roger Hill's own website http://www.stormchase.net under 2010 chase accounts/mid july supercells.
Next time I go (in 2012) I will be bringing much better photo and video equipment!
pierre_pierre
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Posts: 19,757
Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: Recommended holiday

you could have come over to Essex
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-10754189

A sudden whirlwind lifted tables and sent stalls flying when it struck a village fete in Essex.
Cressing Village Fayre was coming to an end on Saturday when the damage was caused.
Community Veteran
Posts: 1,236
Registered: 02-08-2007

Re: Recommended holiday

We had a funnel cloud (tornado that doesn't make it to the ground so not actually a tornado) near hear reported in the Belfast Telegraph while I was away also.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/tornado-swirls-through-co-antrim-as-summer-wea...
None of that was quite as powerful and spectacular to look at as what I seen on my trip though.