ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tempest Tours, a new tour operation headed by three veteran storm chasers, will begin storm-chasing expeditions this spring in what enthusiasts call Tornado Alley.

More tornadoes charge through Tornado Alley, a belt that runs from Texas to the Dakotas, than anywhere else on earth.

According to Tempest Tours founder and president Martin Lisius, "Our discipline is much more dimensional than what Hollywood has thrown onto the screen.

"There are the hours of forecasting that we conduct each day, the logistics ... and the unique characteristics of each storm we intercept.

"The only way to experience it is to actually do it," he said.

The company cannot guarantee that participants will see a tornado, but "we can promise them the opportunity to live the life of a real storm chaser for a few days," said Lisius.

Tempest Tours will operate five tours in May and June, the peak months for tornado activity in the U.S.

Tours will depart from Oklahoma City and Denver.

Prices range from $1,900 to $2,900 per person on eight- to 11-night itineraries.

Commision is 10%. Lodging and transportation are included.

For information, call (817) 274-9313 or check the Web site at www.tempesttours.com.

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