Highways & Hailstones



Tornadoes in Ontario

July 15th, 1995, I woke up in a storm. My dad snatched me from my bed. The lightning was constant, illuminating the stream of rain and debris that whipped the cottage, the howl so deafening that you couldn’t hear a single tree snap, though hundreds came down.

This was the tornado of my youth, one of six that touched down in the region that night. But this was not Kansas, Oklahoma or any other twister-plagued state of the American Plains; it was Ontario. The province sees twelve tornadoes touch down in an average year. Most are weak, some are tragic, each has a story.

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May 21, 2016 Pence, KS

Tornado West of Pence, KS

This was the first day of a multi-day setup and it kicked off our long weekend chase trip with a bang! I targeted Scott City, Kansas, and so Mike, Anne, Scott, Mackay and I set out from Oklahoma City to get into position...

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In my blog you’ll find reflections on my experiences with storm chasing: What a tornado looks like over the course of a day, what it means to chase safely and responsibly, how to spot potential dangers during a chase, where to eat on a storm-chasing trip, and some of the lessons I’ve learned out on the road.

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About Travis Farncombe

Travis Farncombe

In no particular order, I am a designer, artist, athlete, photographer, certified storm spotter, tornado chaser, son, brother, uncle, friend and partner. In 2014 I completed my Master of Architecture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and recently cofounded the design development studio, Another Design Experiment. From Ontario to Oklahoma, I have been chasing since 2010. I am a guide with Silver Lining Tours.

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