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A time of tremendous loss. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Farrar   
Sunday, 02 June 2013 12:31

Late yesterday evening, the storm chasing and professional meteorology communities were shocked to learn of the passing of three of our own. Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and Carl Young, were tragically among those lost in the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado on May 31, 2013. Tim, Paul and Carl were admirable men, committed to the hard science of meteorology, and were pioneers in field research.  They were also fantastic weather observers and photographers. Accepting what has happened is very difficult for all who knew and loved them; our deepest sympathies are extended toward those who are feeling such tremendous pain and sense of loss at this time.


More information can be found here.


Information on Tim's TWISTEX field project can be found here.


This past March, Tim took the time to join Reed and Joel to talk chasing during a podcast.  That can be viewed here.

In closing, I would like to share two of my favorite videos from Tim and his team:


Tim was fascinated by high-speed lightning photography.


On April 14 of last year, Tim and his team captured some of the best video of the year, as they tracked the powerful Langley, KS tornado.


Though we may not understand, may we receive comfort through each other.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 June 2013 13:41
Discuss (8 posts)
Re:A time of tremendous loss.
Jun 04 2013 01:33:05
I could not believe it when I first read the reports. We all thought it was fake. Then confirmation came in. So many people are in pain because of what transpired. To many Tim was a mentor, a hero, a role model and something every storm chaser strives to be. The chasing world will never be the same.
Re:A time of tremendous loss.
Jun 04 2013 04:03:17
I was shocked to find out, knowing they were one of the safest groups out there, even worrying about other chasers in the field. As I keep seeing news releases, all my thoughts go out to their families and friends.
Re:A time of tremendous loss.
Nov 30 2013 16:38:44
Heart and prayers have been sent to the family and friends Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young. The tragedy was and still is today a great loss for all around. As stated, their team was the most cautious out there in the metrology community ever with the standard vehicles they were working in yet getting the job done on collection of the data needed to save others in their research. The hope that the effort they put in should be honored in their names for their contribution efforts is much needed for not only America but every where in the World tornados occur. The family and friends taking over the Twistex team to fulfill the mission that Tim set out to do I am sure has the entire blessings from the Country.

After clear monitoring of reviewing the storms on this date in the area with so many tornados coming in from multi directions, I believe in my heart that this was indeed the cause of the death trap with no escape for many people. The need of vehicles such as Mr. Sean Casey first introduced with the tiv then the dominators of TVN with Mr. Reed Timmer need to only get better and better in reliability and operations for those who dedicate their lives to saving others in deployment and collecting of data needed to achieve just that.

Rest In Peace Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young.
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+8 #1 tornado105e 2013-06-02 13:32
you are ablutly right Reed, chaser has lost his most senior expert, and that confirm chase a powefull storm is a very dangerous thing even if you are the safetiest and experienced chaser in the world

rest in pacen Tim, Paul, Carl
+12 #2 cruiseluvr 2013-06-02 13:47
I just watched your phone interview on The Weather Channel Reed. Everyone is in total shock & disbelief. The emotions in your voice conveyed how much Tim, Paul & Carl meant to you. I watched every episode of Storm Chaser's and always looked forward to watching Tim & his team in action. Thank you Tim. Paul and Carl for all you have done to keep us safe. You will be greatly missed.
+9 #3 Jim Walker 2013-06-02 13:52
Feeling very heavy hearted just as the rest of the storm science and chasing world is. I met Tim and Carl very briefly at a gas station back in 2010 near Salina, KS. Wish I could have known them better. RIP Tim, Paul and Carl...
+6 #4 gasorg 2013-06-02 14:37
It has been several hours now since I first heard the news, and I am still at a loss for what to say. I can only imagine what those who knew the Twistex team personally are feeling, to say nothing of their families and friends. R.I.P., Tim, Paul, and Carl.
+11 #5 2013-06-02 15:21
This is a very sad time i will miss Twistex team dearly. these were a great group of men that i got to watch in battle with mother nature and it is really sad that they were caught in the tornadoes path. They will never be forgotten.
+4 #6 smalltexan 2013-06-02 21:31
Very Very sad:/ my heart goes out the families.
+8 #7 mswxChick 2013-06-02 21:35
Today I was away from Twitter & the TV where I watch TWC. I decided to turn on weather channel and suddenly heard a small bit about Tim Samaras being dead from tornado. They cut to ad and I just cried out, "What... what... Did I hear that right!" So as TWC returned I found out about Tim, Paul, & Carl. I was in disbelief, shock, & crying.
I watched every episode of Storm Chasers and always admired Tim and his way of chasing, his pods, his strong sense of safety.
I am so saddened by this tragic event and the great loss to the science of tornados. The chaser community and fans of Tim have a great loss on their hearts. I wish and pray that the friends & families will find comfort and peace as we pray for them. Tim, Paul, & Carl - you have served us all well with your courage, knowledge, experience, and caring for our safety. God bless and peace be with you.
+3 #8 Kraffty 2013-06-02 23:08
I learned a lot fromTim and Carl. God Bless their families and ease their pain and may All Three men rest in peace. They did great important work here on earth,
+5 #9 liquidyoda 2013-06-03 00:12
I don't know what to say. I had spoken to Tim via email a couple times about his work and his pods. My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones on this terrible day. I purchased the domain name after hearing this and have it going to The Red Cross. I donated $100 and hopefully others will do the same. Maybe his family will want the domain name to build a site or blog about his work. I'd be happy to give it to them for free if they'd like to have it. My email is
+6 #10 tornado105e 2013-06-03 08:25
dear Reed and fellow Chasers, I came up an idea, create an annual award named Tim Samaras prize to chasers whom make the more relevant contribution to the science of severe weather and thus recognizes the work of Tim and his team every year

I think is the best way to recognize his labor during all of those years of chasing and develping stuff to make advances in the severe weather science
+3 #11 geodegirl 2013-06-03 08:54
It is still with great sadness that I think about the deaths of these 3 people. Weather is my hobby and passion and when I heard about the death of Tim Samaras,his son, Paul, and Carl Young, I was astounded. I knew the lengths they went to as far as safety was concerned but from the shows, science and data was also forefront to these men. May they rest in peace.
0 #12 guigui59282 2013-07-25 15:45
salut Reed tim paul et carl son mort en héros.Cela vera un grand vide dans la serie STORM CHASERS
+1 #13 John Holland 2013-07-31 13:50
I think it is immensely sad to see anyone loose their life and to loose their life with that of their son and a friend or colleague is doubly bad.

I am new to to storm chasing and don't understand the culture and science. My son loves the videos. As a father I can't help wondering (and I'm not talking about Tim here) if there are too many storm chasers risking their lives not for science but to satiate peoples appetite for adrenaline and exciting video entertainment?
-2 #14 mrmuy 2013-12-14 03:33
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0 #15 ufcgril 2014-03-10 22:35
I am new to the site but well aware of the thragedy that occurred. It is still amazing the footage they were all able to capture up close, it's hard to not admit the beauty and destruction these things can do. Thank you Tim, Paul, & Carl for giving it your all and watching over the chasers that still risk it all to make these shots and data recording happen!

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