Tempest tourists: Inside the adrenaline-fueled world of American storm chasing

Steve Miller

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Excerpt from roadtrippers:

I’m gripping the wheel as I stare at a funnel cloud. Rather, I’m glancing at it, because I’m trying desperately to focus on the road. The cloud is on my right as I’m barreling down a two-lane road somewhere in Kansas, with vans filled with storm chasers both in front of and behind me. It’s my fifth and final day following the Tempest Tours storm chasers through Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.

Over the last 1,500 miles, we’ve intercepted multiple supercells, driven on (and off) every type of road imaginable, dodging hail and swirling clouds of dust along the way. The list of weather-related wonders we’ve witnessed is seemingly, breathtakingly, endless.

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