(PCM) Tim Samaras, his son Paul and co-chaser Carl Young were among the nine other people also killed the storm in El Reno. Tim Samaras was 55, Paul Samaras was 24, and Young was 45. Their work tracking tornadoes was featured on the former Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers.”
“It was a wobbler. And it was big! I think the left-hand turn made a big difference on how this thing was chased as well and why people were killed and why people were injured in their vehicles,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. “A vehicle is not a place to be in any tornado, especially a big one like that, and those men doing their job, those field scientists out there doing their jobs, were killed in the process.”
Tim Samaras founded the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment (TWISTEX). In June 2003, Tim dropped a probe in the path of an F-4 tornado where it measured an astounding 100 millibar pressure drop — a record that still stands today.
The Discovery Channel released a statement saying “Tim Samaras and Carl Young, formerly of Discovery Channel’s series Storm Chasers, as well as Tim’s 24-year-old son Paul, were lost during Friday, May 31, 2013’s tornado outbreak in Oklahoma. Discovery Channel is deeply saddened by their loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families.”