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Respected Tornado Reseacher And Storm Chaser Among Dead In Oklahoma

Samaras – Tim – Carsten Peter, National Geographic

Tim Samaras (Courtesy: Carsten Peter, National Geographic)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Family members and members of the storm chasing community are confirming that well-respected tornado researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras is among the eleven confirmed victims of Friday’s tornado that ripped through El Reno, Oklahoma.

Samaras was one of the most well-known and respected tornado researchers in the world and had made many appearances on television shows like the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers and was a regular contributor to shows on National Geographic.

Samaras, a 20-year veteran of storm chasing, started his own research project called TWISTEX, which gathered weather information by placing probes directly in the path of tornadoes. The often heart-stopping footage of Samaras and his team placing probes directly in a twister’s path was filmed for three seasons of the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers.

Preliminary findings from the National Weather Service in Norman have initially rated the tornado as an EF-3.

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35 Comments to “Respected Tornado Reseacher And Storm Chaser Among Dead In Oklahoma”

    Hoe bag kills said:
    June 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Live by the sword die by the sword.

      Travis Allbritton said:
      June 3, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      He was a great father and a great friend in the field tim and paul samaras and carl young will be greatly missed

    Nancy said:
    June 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Thank you Kelly. You're the first site to recognize the passing of an amazing storm chaser/scientist. He will be missed.

      Mike Ferguson said:
      June 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Amen, he was a great researcher and inventor and his inventions are responsible for saving countless lives. May he rest in peace.

    Ryan said:
    June 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    I pray for peace respect, and love towards the families while they morn the loss of loved ones.

    Joe Covington said:
    June 2, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Well he died doing what he loved doing, Mr. Samaras & Son, May you Rest in Peace..

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