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I've been fascinated with tornadoes for a long time, and I've always wanted to go on a storm chasing tour (e.g., http://www.stormchasing.com/). However, I didn't get a chance to go on one before I embarked upon my project to live abroad for the next 5 years.

Are there any places outside the US that tend to get lots of tornadoes where I could go on a storm chasing adventure tour?

  • To clarify - does it have to have tornadoes? What about insane lightning storms, hurricanes or, I don't know, hail? – Mark Mayo Dec 30 '12 at 0:54
  • Good point. Tornadoes are a must for me – to the extent they can guarantee that on any given tour, of course (: – user82 Dec 30 '12 at 0:55
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It's rare for tornadoes elsewhere, commercially at least.

From Wiki:

Some organized chasing efforts have also begun in the Top End of the Northern Territory and in southeast Australia, with the biggest successes in November and December. A handful of individuals are also known to be chasing in other countries, including Israel, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Argentina, and New Zealand; although many people trek to the Great Plains of North America from these and other countries around the world (especially from the United Kingdom).

Overall, Australia seems like your best bet.

It's mostly enthusiasts up north, but they're growing in numbers. A nice report on it is available on ABC, as well as The Age.

Australia Severe Weather is probably your best bet for news on tornadoes and the like there, and The Australian Severe Weather Association would be the one to follow or contact to find out about any commercial groups operating.

There are a few other random Storm Chasing websites in Aus, but they tend to be small individual groups, rather than commercial - however, you might find them keep to take you out for a trip, if you're lucky:

Finally, it's worth noting that most American Storm Chasing companies will keep an eye on the Canadian Prairies, especially during June - as there is the occasional opportunity for it up there, depending on the weather.

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I see this post is now 6 years old and you stated you're on a 5 year assignment, so you might be back in the USA now. If not, I recommend Jimmy Deguara at Thunderbolt Tours in Australia. I'm from NSW and have chased with him on quite a few occasions. He's done a lot of chasing in the USA as well, but he's a local expert on Aussie weather. Last year I also went to the USA and chased with Brian Barnes' storm chasing tours, and it was absolutely an incredible experience! We actually lost count of the number of tornadoes we saw (somewhere around 30 in a single week!) whilst on tour. Both are highly recommended.

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