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Gathering in Kansas highlights growing ‘storm tourism’ trend

December 24, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Storm chasers and meteorologist from across the country will be gathering next year in Wichita for a convention some see as an opportunity to gain recognition for the city as a destination for the growing “storm tourism” trend.

The Wichita Eagle reported the National Storm Chaser Convention will be held Feb. 8-10. This will be its first time in Wichita.

Former AccuWeather executive and keynote speaker Mike Smith helped convince organizers that Wichita would be an ideal place for it.

Smith says people from all over the world come to the central United States to go on storm tours as an adventure.

Among the new sessions is a panel discussion that will bring storm chasers together with law enforcement to discuss ways to make storm chasing beneficial for everyone.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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