Storm Chasers Star Killed in Tornado
Discovery Channel star and two other storm chasers among those killed in Oklahoma
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
The license plate on the truck of tornado chaser Tim Samaras.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – Three veteran storm chasers were among the 10 people killed Friday night when a violent tornado barreled into the Oklahoma City metro area. Jim Samaras told the AP today that his brother Tim Samaras was killed. Tim Samaras' son, Paul Samaras, and another chaser, Carl Young, also died. Tim Samaras had appeared on the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers show until last year.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said the men were involved in tornado research. They traveled the Great Plains in search of bad weather, hoping to warn people ahead of tornadoes and to help meteorologists understand the natural disasters. "They put themselves in harm's way so that they can educate the public about the destructive power of these storms," the county Undersheriff said. The Discovery Channel plans to dedicate a show tonight to the three men, capping the broadcast with a tribute that will read: "In memory of Tim Samaras, Carl Young and Paul Samaras who died Friday, May 31st doing what they love, chasing storms."

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Jun 3, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
Seems their many years of 'research' didn't serve them too well this time. That sort of 'research' I just can't use. Too much risk for so little information on unpredictable tornados. Appreciate their efforts but there's got to be a safer way. If thrills and profit were part of their motivation, then I applaud those efforts also but you have to accept the consequences. Condolences to the families. Waiting for similar results with CNN sending their news crews into the fury of hurricanes to show how dangerous it is.
Jun 3, 2013 4:21 PM CDT Veteran tornado scientist Tim Samaras, his son, environmental photographer Paul Samaras, 24, and meteorologist Carl Young, 45, died while chasing Friday's EF-3 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma. The tornado killed at least nine people, in total. "Thank you to everyone for the condolences. It truly is sad that we lost my great brother Tim and his great son, Paul," said the brother of Tim Samaras, Jim Samaras, on Tim's Facebook page. "They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they LOVED." Tim, his son Paul, and Carl Young were all featured chasers on the Discovery Channel’s series, Storm Chasers, and Tim was known throughout the chase community as a conscientious and safety-minded chaser. Carl Young, who holds a Masters degree in meteorology from the University of Nevada, joined Samaras in the field in 2003. According to his Discovery Channel biography, Young and Samaras chased over 125 tornadoes together: "Carl's finest moment came on June 11, 2004 near Storm Lake, Iowa. Working with Tim, they defied the odds and deployed their probes right in the path of a tornado. The six-camera video probe captured amazing footage from multiple angles while the sensor probe recorded data that revealed just how fast wind speeds are close to the ground." a 2011 field experiment designed to help learn more about tornadoes and increase lead time for warnings, which resulted in many peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. One of Tim Samaras' most widely recognized contributions to tornado science is his placement of an aerodynamically-designed probe in the path of an EF-4 tornado near Manchester, South Dakota on June 24, 2003. The probe measured a world-record pressure fall of 100 mb over a 40 second period.
Jun 3, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
They were getting a check and this happened