StormScape Tours is more than just a typical tornado tour roaming the Plains, it’s an extreme weather and North American landscapes photography workshop tour. We see it all and do it all, we have a ton of fun in the process, and we stream it all LIVE so that others may enjoy the amazing experience as well. Just imagine how fun it will be to have your family and friends back home experiencing your adventure right along with you through our live stream! Our live stream is #1 on the internet with over 100,000 loyal viewers in 150 countries, on six continents and in over 3,000 cities worldwide. We have had more than 30,000 viewers on a single event! This is not just a severe weather tour, but also an extreme weather and landscape photography workshop. You are assured of getting the most amazing photos on your tour, as Matthew Crowther will be joining each tour as the photography expert. Between the two of us, we have more than 70 years of meteorology and storm chasing experience.
2017 STORMSCAPE TOUR DATES
SPOT TOURS: Select SPOT Tours will be available for severe weather outbreaks and when landfalling tropical systems. Email Mike for further information and to be added to the list. Also follow StormScapeLive.TV on Facebook for chase opportunities. Cost is $400 a day and PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT…NO REFUNDS ON SPOT CHASES.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: You would be responsible for your expenses to and from the start/end city as well as your first and last night’s lodging. You would also be responsible for all of your food expenses during the chase. SSL Tours would cover ground transportation and lodging during the actual dates of the chase.
PAYMENT FOR ALL TOURS: A 10% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot on a tour. Payment for the tours can be made monthly or in a lump sum. Full payment is due one month before the start of the tour.
TOURS 2-8 (10 DAYS): One person, not sharing a room: $3,500. If a room is shared the guest will get a $30 a day refund for each day they share a room. Refund will be given at the end of the tour. No more than two people sharing a room.
CANADA/NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR (10 DAYS): One person, not sharing a room: $4,000. If a room is shared the guest will get a $30 a day refund for each day they share a room. Refund will be given at the end of the tour. No more than two people sharing a room.
COLORADO/NEW MEXICO FALL COLOR TOUR (10 DAYS): One person, not sharing a room: $3,500. If a room is shared the guest will get a $30 a day refund for each day they share a room. Refund will be given at the end of the tour. No more than two people sharing a room.
NEW ENGLAND FALL COLOR TOUR: (7 DAYS): One person, not sharing a room: $3,000. If a room is shared the guest will get a $30 a day refund for each day they share a room. Refund will be given at the end of the tour. No more than two people sharing a room.
CHASE VEHICLES AND COMMUNICATION: All tour vehicles will be driven by experienced drivers and storm chasers. All vehicles will be equipped with two-way communications, as well as the latest chasing technology.
STORMSCAPE TOURS IS A SMOKE-FREE TOUR: There is a strict “NO SMOKING” policy on StormScape Tours. For the enjoyment and health of others, Smoking is prohibited.
LODGING: We will always be in safe, comfortable hotels/motels.
QUESTIONNAIRE: All guests will be required to fill out a questionnaire prior to the tour that list emergency contact information, medical history, and other important information. Failure to fill out this information 45-days prior to any chase tour (with the exception of Spot Tours) will forfeit your place on the tour and no refund will be offered. We want all our guests to be safe and we want to get to know you as well. The Questionnaire is located here. Please fill out and return.
DISCOUNTS: There are discounts for sending payment in full via check or money order, return guest, and multiple tour discount. Discounts are also available for Active Military, Police, Fire and First Responder. Ask about these discounts when planning your tour.
Mike Phelps Tour Operator & Owner of StormScape Tours
I have I’ve been actively storm chasing since 1987, have witnessed more than 300 tornadoes and seven hurricanes. I also had one of the first weather tours in 1996 and 1997 with Windstorm Tours. I have been an operational meteorologist for local TV and radio, worked for many years at The Weather Channel as a senior meteorologist and severe weather expert for their Radio Department. I was the on-site meteorologist for the PGA golf tour, and even worked one of the largest broadcasts in television broadcast history – the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Athens, Greece with nearly 2 billion viewers worldwide. This vast experience and passion makes me uniquely qualified to bring you the wonders of the atmosphere up close and personal, not only virtually on our live weather stream, but also in person with StormScape Tours.
Matthew Crowther Tour Photography Expert
Originally hired at The Weather Channel in March 1982, I was a senior meteorologist for much of my 33 years there. Began chasing hurricanes in 1984 with Hurricane Diana, in subsequent years chased hurricanes Elena, Ivan, Katrina among others. Began chasing in the Plains in 1990 and have spent 2-4 weeks every spring since then documenting the beauty and majesty of Plains thunderstorms and other landscapes- have also made numerous trips to other locations such as the SW US to photograph the incredible beauty of the desert and mountain scenery in that area. Along with my wife Betsy Abrams we have visited all 7 contents including a trip to Antarctica this past year and have been to almost all of the National Parks in the lower 48 states and some in Alaska and overseas in places like Indonesia and Namibia.
Shannon Prentice Tour Photography Expert
Shannon’s passion for photography began in 2008 after moving to Red Deer, Alberta. During the first summer of intense Thunderstorms, Shannon’s obsession was born “learn how to shoot lightning”. After Shannon’s husband purchased her first DSLR camera as a birthday present, she immediately began absorbing all there was to learn about her camera. After countless photos of everything she could shoot, storms quickly emerged as the favorite.
After many years, upgraded cameras, a patient husband and the opportunity to study with the New York Institute of Photography’s curriculum, Shannon has truly immersed as a premiere weather photographer. As one who’s goal is to master their craft, Shannon has now opened up a home studio where she works on a newer perspective, portrait photography.