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World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations

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Where storm-chasers can experience mind-blowing tornadoes, sandstorms, lightning, and other natural thrills from a safe distance.

Great Plains, USA: Tornadoes

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Twisters, cyclones, and dust devils are also terms used to describe the highly destructive rotating columns of air that every spring wreck havoc across the Great Plains—“Tornado Alley”—at an average of about 1,200 annually. More than 500 people have been killed by tornadoes in 2011, making it the country’s deadliest year since 1953. That hasn’t stopped storm-chasing tours from popping up from Colorado to Tennessee; Oklahoma-based Storm Chasing Adventure Tours are pros with experience dating back to 1997 (stormchasing.com; $2,400 per week including hotels).

When to Go: April–July.

World's Top Storm-Chasing Destinations

Great Plains, USA: Tornadoes

Twisters, cyclones, and dust devils are also terms used to describe the highly destructive rotating columns of air that every spring wreck havoc across the Great Plains—“Tornado Alley”—at an average of about 1,200 annually. More than 500 people have been killed by tornadoes in 2011, making it the country’s deadliest year since 1953. That hasn’t stopped storm-chasing tours from popping up from Colorado to Tennessee; Oklahoma-based Storm Chasing Adventure Tours are pros with experience dating back to 1997 (stormchasing.com; $2,400 per week including hotels).

When to Go: April–July.

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