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Storm Chasers Brave Unusually Active Tornado Season

Tempest Tours intercepts an F4 tornado near Seward, Nebraska. Storm Chaser Martin Lisius says this year's tornado season is especially active. Photo courtesy
of Dean Cosgrove/Tempest Tours.

Tempest Tours intercepts an F4 tornado near Seward, Nebraska. Storm Chaser Martin Lisius says this year's tornado season is especially active. Photo courtesy of Dean Cosgrove/Tempest Tours.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 17:23 GMT

ARLINGTON, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – By a twist of fate, a group of storm chasers really have their work cut out for them.

Martin Lisius is a veteran storm chaser who runs Tempest Tours, a company that takes adventurous folks on treks across the Great Plains looking for storms and tornadoes.

The prime time for storm chasing is April through early July, and so far, Lisius says this year’s tornado season has been “unusually active.”

They’ve already “intercepted” five big twisters and he believes many more are in the forecast.

Their tours typically last four to 10 days, blowing through states in the Tornado Alley region including Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Lisius says peak hours for actually seeing storms are between 4 PM and 8 PM, so they hustle all day to reach their “target.”

They never directly drive into dangerous weather formations, but do get close enough to see the action.

Lisius says the most exciting storms are those that produce multiple tornadoes, sometimes three to 10 within 90 minutes.

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