Storm Safari

Just when I thought I had seen it all.....

http://www.stormsafari.com

Please be sure to take a look at the photo galleries. Anybody see any photos that look familiar???

Jeesh . . . just how ridiculous will some of these tours get in trying to attract people and their money.

I have to question the validity of this vehicle though simply because anybody with a brain can tell that all the equipment and lettering are merely the results of photoshop. I wouldn't be surprised if there's some version of it around though.

There are however a couple of things I'm sure of regarding this. First, I hope the powers that be at Storm Safari have accounted for the extreme diesel prices and the amount of fuel consumption in their tour prices if they actually plan to make any money. Second, I don't think I'd enjoy being inside that big of a sail when driving into an RFD. :shock:

Jason
 
I'd like to see what a 90+mph RFD could do to a vehicle with that large of a profile.... then they don't have to worry about debris because they are embedded as a piece of it within the flow. :shock:

Aaron
 
Please be sure to take a look at the photo galleries. Anybody see any photos that look familiar???

For one thing, they put those fake photos of hurricane Isabel up; but what the hell is this?
[Broken External Image]:http://www.stormsafari.com/galleries/Hurricane/images/comme_un_ouragan.jpg

Hey Thomas!

That picture looks like a poster of some sort... just under the pic it says "Comme un ouragan" wich translates to: "Like a Hurricane"

It's not a genuine pic for sure, well not from them at least!...
 
Umm...do any of you field vets recognize any of those names? The chaser community is not that big, bound to know who is out and about.
 
I've never heard of any of those guys. Now that doesn't mean they aren't legit, but I'm betting I don't know ANY chaser who has heard of these guys. Maybe it's TRADD trying on a new suit.

The pic on the "tornado gallery" button looks like Mike Hollingshead's JUne 9, 2003 Stuart, NE image. Those Mulvane/Rock images could be anyone's, there were so many of us around that storm. I somehow doubt they belong to anyone on SS's staff. It's pretty sad when they take two tornadoes and make a 30-image gallery out of them, thinking people won't notice. Hell, that's ONE tornado day, lol. I know if I'm looking to sink a few large into a storm chase tour, I better damn well see a plethora of different tornadoes, not a sequence of two.

If I see THAT thing out there next year I may just have to stop just to see if it's real and not a hologram. Be a helluva fun way to spend a bust day. These guys make the Dryer Guy look like Stephen Hawking.
 
Just a thought- think back to Twister- a brightly coloured version of the bus in the film :p
 
Is this company for real? Look at that phony chase vehicle pic on the front page. That's the last place I'd want to be in a storm. Reminds me of a mobile home.
 
Is this company for real? Look at that phony chase vehicle pic on the front page. That's the last place I'd want to be in a storm. Reminds me of a mobile home.

That is a short school bus, converted. Not my idea of a chase vehicle, but then again who am I to judge.... :D

Shane, thanks for answering my question. Pretty much the answer I expected to get. There are too many on this board that prowl the plains every year not to miss someone(s) with 20+ years experience. Too many connections y'all have out there.
 
When you consider the overal futility of this endeavor and their hologram chase vehicle, I have the perfect name for the company:

SHORT BUS CHASE TOURS
 
I'd like to see what a 90+mph RFD could do to a vehicle with that large of a profile.... then they don't have to worry about debris because they are embedded as a piece of it within the flow. :shock:

hehehe....read this...

Storm Safari, Inc., uses specially converted 29 passenger school buses for its chase vehicles. Each Storm Safari chase vehicle is built tough to withstand an adventure into the most dangerous weather in the world.
So the 'special' school busses are their chase vehicles (like someone mentioned...its like Twister) [/quote]

the chase vehicle is equipped with an internal roll cage for passenger safety in the unlikely event that the bus rolls over in extreme high winds. Storm Safari, Inc., strives to provide maximum safety.
Its not the modifications they impliment that make me laugh... its their word choice, coupled with Aaron's quote. Its just something about picturing a minibus go rollin on by that makes me chuckle.
 
Some of those pics look like Eric Nguyens. I shot him an email with the link so he can check them out.

It never fails to amaze me that a storm chase tour companys continue to pop up composed of people that nobody has ever heard of.
 
With "20 years experience" you would think he would have some of his own pictures.

As for the bus.. :lol: I dont see any way they could keep it from rolling in strong straight line winds unless they added training wheels which would fit in with their obvious experience (read lack of).

I have never heard of any of these guys and I have been out here since '85
 
None of the pictures of the Mulvane tornado are Eric's. I know what vehicle shot the pictures because we passed each other several times, but I don't know who they are.

I think it is highly unlikely that they have permission to use all of the photos on their website. Especially the ones shot buy other tour operators.

As for the bus, I have no problems with it as long as they pull completely off the road when stopped.

Scott Currens
Preview our 2004 Highlights Video:
www.mesoscale.ws/video
 
If this is a real operation it will really hurt the legitimate
tour business -- looks too carnival like. I half expect
Krusty the Clown to pop his head out and wave!

Mike

javascript:emoticon(':lol:')
 
Please be sure to take a look at the photo galleries. Anybody see any photos that look familiar???

For one thing, they put those fake photos of hurricane Isabel up; but what the hell is this?
[Broken External Image]:http://www.stormsafari.com/galleries/Hurricane/images/comme_un_ouragan.jpg

Hey Thomas!

That picture looks like a poster of some sort... just under the pic it says "Comme un ouragan" wich translates to: "Like a Hurricane"

It's not a genuine pic for sure, well not from them at least!...

Looks like there's sun shining on the foreground objects — is it meant to be an eyewall seen from the eye or something?
 
Oh my...what a getup. Way high profile and probably a top speed of 65 mph too :eek: The scenic tour of the bear cage via the slow boat to China. If you're getting close enough to need bullet-proof glass, you'd better have a vehicle that can haul when the fur starts to fly. I have a hard time believing that this zero-to-60-in-27-seconds school bus could get you out of the unexpected in any kind of a hurry, unless he's got a 7' furry guy in the passenger seat who can make the jump to light speed. :p
 
Other contact info to owner

register
Jay Sanet
Storm Safari, Inc.
[email protected] (stis.net is a telecom company)
4101 Ravenswood Rd Ste 128
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312 US
+1.5617160833


The listed office number on stormsafari.com shows
this for # info

Norstar Group
1747 Van Buren St
Hollywood, FL 33020-5131
(954) 927-1141


Tom Allinder is listed as being here

Virginia Beach, VA 23454-6302
(757) 721-2267
 
Originally posted by Chris Sokol
Looks like somebody cold busted them...all of the pics with the exception of the tornado shots are down.

Like I mentioned earlier...I did go ahead and send their webmaster an email. It was quite lengthy, so I wont cover all aspects of it...but i did cover heavily that some of their photos were fakes, POSTERS, or stolen images. Dont know if that had any affect on that or not...

Also...I got a reply, which states:

Thank you for your concerns and good thoughts.

Regards, Storm Safari

LOL!
 
Ok, I spoke at length with Safari Jay Sanet via several emails last week when their ridiculous site and bus pictures came up...Although he seemed to skirt the issue of everyone else's photos on his site, he did tell me THEY shot the tornado pics at Mulvane.
When I asked who they were, how did they have 20 yrs chase experience, when NO ONE has heard of them, where did they chase, all that, I received this in return:

<Dave...

Thanks for your good wishes.

I'm not the storm chaser in our organization. I chase the paperwork.

Charlie Johnston is our Chief Meteorologist and tour leader. Charlie is
the Navy's chief forcaster at weather station Oceana in Virginia Beach,
VA. He's also a veteran storm chaser. We had to overcome some obstacles to get him early retirement. The Navy didn't want to let him go. Tom Allinder is also a former Naval weather guesser. Tom's wife is a former USAF weather guesser and veteran storm chaser.

We are going to do our very best to help bring storm chasing to the
forefront of American and European adventure travel vacations. It's an
exciting business sector and we are proud to be part of it.>


Sounds like another awful made-for-tv weather disaster waiting to happen....I let it go at that, since guessing the weather at Virginia Beach is a little different than driving their armored Partridge Family bus through an 80+ mph RFD blast. I had to learn that stuff, so will they I suppose.
They'll probably be gone next year, let's just hope no one is hurt or killed, or sent to Oz in that horrible looking bus.
 
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