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Texas tour company to use its tornado chasing skills to help view solar eclipse

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ARLINGTON, Texas - eTradeWire -- Long-range forecast models have recently predicted significant cloud cover across a large portion of the April 8th total solar eclipse US track which could hinder viewing conditions for millions of Americans. But, one Texas company will be prepared. Tempest Tours Storm Chasing Expeditions, an adventure travel company founded by legendary storm chaser Martin Lisius in 2000, will host a special total solar eclipse tour next week. Their mission is to travel from their base in Arlington to clear skies along the path of the eclipse for their guests to have an unobscured view of the event. "We've essentially been practicing for the upcoming eclipse for more than 20 years," said Lisius. "When we chase storms, we target an area where we think tornadoes will occur later in the day, and that target may only be the size of a county or two."

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The company's staff is comprised of meteorologists who specialize in predicting weather on a small-scale, hours ahead of time. Once their target is defined, they depart in a fleet of specially-equipped vehicles in time to reach their destination.

"We are designed for this mission, and will do everything possible to reach clear skies prior to the start of the eclipse," Lisius said.

This won't be the first time the company has tackled a solar event. The team viewed the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. That day began with staff and guests under a thick deck of stratus clouds. They recognized something in the weather data and headed west to blue skies just in time to view the eclipse near Alliance, Nebraska.

"If Mother Nature provides just a single patch of blue, we will be under it."

Solar Eclipse Tour web page: https://www.tempesttours.com/2024-tours/tour-1-awesome-april-tornado-tour-xr8yf-tz5m8-5tdpb

Kim George

Source: Tempest Tours, Inc.
Filed Under: Travel

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