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Discovery channel's storm chaser Tim Samaras killed in El Reno tornado
Examiner ^ | 6/2/13 | SHEILA CARROLL

Posted on 06/02/2013 9:29:32 AM PDT by jimbo123

Storm chaser, Tim Samaras, his son Paul and crew member, Carl Young were killed Friday in a tornado that ripped through El Reno, Oklahoma.

Samaras followed storms for over 30 years. His fascination with tornadoes began when he was about six years old and saw the tornado in The Wizard of Oz. Samaras once stated, “My passion for storm chasing has always been driven by the beautiful and powerful storms displayed in the heartland each spring."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: carlyoung; obituary; paulsamaras; samaras; stormchaser; stormchasers; timsamaras; tornadoes; weather
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1 posted on 06/02/2013 9:29:32 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

“Don’t fool with Mother Nature”


2 posted on 06/02/2013 9:31:55 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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Were they in that demolished TWISTEX vehicle they showed on the news Friday night? I thought Shep had said they escaped with minor injuries. Guess not. Dangerous work.


3 posted on 06/02/2013 9:32:22 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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Samaras was my favorite chaser. He wasn’t in it for the fame and never usually tried to get closer than close.

One of the met boards I frequent seems to think he was at a ‘safe’ distance and then the storm took a 90deg turn and they lost control of their vehicle trying to get away.


4 posted on 06/02/2013 9:32:31 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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At least he died doing what he loved best...


5 posted on 06/02/2013 9:32:43 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: jimbo123

And another group of three (grad students) came damn close.


6 posted on 06/02/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: jimbo123

Sad. Very Sad.


7 posted on 06/02/2013 9:33:25 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: jimbo123

Ina twister of fate...


8 posted on 06/02/2013 9:33:53 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: jimbo123

RIP.


9 posted on 06/02/2013 9:34:08 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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I've done a lot of storm SPOTTING from cover (not concealment), and reported as required on a RACES net, but CHASING just seemed like an invite to a lot of hurt.

Sorry the guy and his son didn't make it. I choose not to engage in risky behavior unless it's really required.

/johnny

10 posted on 06/02/2013 9:35:04 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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A very dangerous profession.

This man and his son were VERY experienced...and yet, they were unable to avoid death.

These tornadoes are fast and unpredictable while on the ground...and deadly. If you are in their path, and the road you are on does not give you a chance to get out of the way...they will run you down. The best thing is to seek a place of shelter that is underground, with a strong structure around you. If it is a large enough tornadoe, and strong enough, hiding under a bridge for example, will not save you, even if your place of refuge is below ground there. Winds too strong...forces too strong...too much deadly debris in the air.

No, you have to either leave soon enough, or have a strong place below ground with a strong door designed for this to be sure of surviving.

God rest the souls of these men, and comfort their families. These crews have brought us some of the most unbelievable images of these storms at deadly peril to their life. As this stroy illustrates.

11 posted on 06/02/2013 9:36:53 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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I have worked for two storm chasers.

These guys are really pretty smart, but sometimes they are too smart by half.

Gotta get to the action.
A guy one his own.. get in.. get out..

RIP brother.


12 posted on 06/02/2013 9:37:18 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Qwackertoo
The tossed vehicle was The Weather Channel's crew lead by Mike Bettis. Tim Samaras worked for The Discovery Channel.
13 posted on 06/02/2013 9:37:22 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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Flashback video of Samaras:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/environment-natural-disasters/tornadoes/tornado-samaras/


14 posted on 06/02/2013 9:37:56 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: TADSLOS
“Don’t fool with Mother Nature”

He’s the God of Creation - not a Wiccan “Mother Nature”

15 posted on 06/02/2013 9:38:39 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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These guys got steel grapes.

http://www.thestormshop.com/


16 posted on 06/02/2013 9:38:47 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Black Agnes

Nature always has the final word.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 9:39:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jeff Head

This was the guy who was always dropping probes in the path of the storms to get various types of data. He was more than a thrillseeker.


18 posted on 06/02/2013 9:40:27 AM PDT by jimbo123
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What’s the point of chasing storms? What’s the advantage of being in hsrm’s way as opposed to a safer distance?


19 posted on 06/02/2013 9:40:51 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/)
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Problem is “If you screw with the bull, you get the horns!” Something’s are better left alone. Perhaps you want to pet the Polar bears? Or feed the Sharks? Break into the Leopards/lions den (like the guys did in San Diego). Here’s a good one: Try to file a Non-Profit status with the IRS with the word “Patriot” in your name!!


20 posted on 06/02/2013 9:41:17 AM PDT by timlilje
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