World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations
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The Drake Passage, between the tips of South America and Antarctica, is the world’s roughest stretch of water—and perhaps the ultimate quest for storm chasers. Gale-force winds and the Circumpolar Current squeeze through the narrow gap above 140 million tons of racing water per second. These katabatic winds are the source of Antarctica’s horizontal, sometimes weeklong blizzards. When blinding whiteouts aren’t occurring, solar haloes, optical sundogs, and mysterious ice fog are regular occurrences. Big Fish, a hearty 148-foot megayacht charter from YCO, is equipped with sophisticated ice-breaking equipment, kayaks, five heated staterooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, and an on-deck Jacuzzi (yco.com; $195,000 per week).
When to Go: November–March.