If I've learned one thing I can count on as a chaser, it's that there is simply nothing like the dryline in the southern and central Great Plains from April through early June. Times and places outside of this sometimes gain a legendary reputation after they produce their rare quality event, but being misled by them will usually cost you. Here are the most common "overrated" chase areas: The Midwest To be sure, the Midwest (essentially Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana) has a rich tornado history, with many classic and defining events. Some have been influential in starting the careers of scientists and meteorologists, and been the impetus for many to start their forays into storm chasing. Plainfield, Roanoke, Albion, Tri-State, Palm Sunday - those names have rightfully earned their place into tornado lore. And even in modern times, the Midwest produces its share of spectacular events. And all this is in addition to the excellent terrain and road network in much of the Midwest region. Unfortunately though, all of these factors do not translate to the Midwest being a good place to plan a chase trip. Predictable synoptically-evident tornado events are rare, and it's even rarer that they produce a quality tornado. Most synpotic setups - lacking the dryline and type of EML commonly seen in the Plains - simply don't produce, and are nine times out of ten major dissapointments. Much of the Midwest's quality tornadoes occur on "sleeper" days, influenced by outflow boundaries, MCVs or cold-core upper lows. Most of these events are difficult to forecast in advance, and require an almost obsessive daily forecasting/observation regimen to see coming. And most importantly, they are only a real chase prospect for for a chaser who lives in the area. I say all this even though moved to the Midwest because of its tornado history, and I see tornadoes here every year. But to be honest, most of them, I would not have seen if I did not live here full-time. Virtually none of the events were of the caliber that I would have driven here from out of the area to chase them. Even for the chaser that lives here, there are no guarantees that you'll catch those sleeper events, and you really have to stay on your toes to have a shot at them. In the Midwest, if you take your eyes off of the weather for just one day and take a nap after work, a photogenic landspout will happen in your backyard! June/July, Colorado, the Northern Plains & the fall season I lumped these chase "realms" together, since they are all overrated for the same reason. While they produce legendary events that get everyone's attention when they happen, the fact remains that these good days are quite rare. Someone forfeiting the southern/central Plains targets for Colorado or to chase the Northern Plains in June will be missing far more quality tornadoes and supercells than they will be gaining. These regions are, realistically, only an option for either the chaser who lives in them full-time, or to the chaser who is able to "chase everything" all season long. For the chaser who must pick and choose his or her chase days due to the limitations imposed by work, family and finances (that is, most of us), jumping on the Colorado/Northern Plains/late June bandwagons will bring more famine than feast. Sure, you might get the Campo once every ten years, but you'll miss the countless Rozels, Dodge Citys, Benningtons and Atticas that happen in the years in between. The South While this one is more obvious, it deserves a mention. It's very rare that a setup in the South is worth a drive from out of the area to chase. Even April 27, 2011 was a challenge for most who chased it - very few came away with good images and video. For me, it's all about the Plains dryline from April through early June. Before I lived in the Midwest, I rarely chased here - and if I ever move away, I doubt I'd do anything more than come back for the big outbreak days every few years (and for the most part, even those have not been kind to me).