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3 veteran storm chasers killed by Oklahoma tornado
AP ^ | 6-2-13

Posted on 06/02/2013 3:23:15 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: carlyoung; elreno; obituary; paulsamaras; samaras; stormchaser; stormchasers; timsamaras; tornado
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I was complaining to my husband to turn off Fox News Friday night because Shepherd Smith was railing at the storm chasers to talk more slowly and be more explanatory to the audience as they chased the storm. The men in the truck already had said that an "entire farmyard" had landed on them -- fence posts and all -- and had broken out all the windows of their vehicle.

I said, "Can you imagine what will happen if those storm chasers get hur, or die, tryinng to cover this for Fox?" I don't know if these were the same men who died, but it seems pretty foolish to me to have people who are in imminet danger of bodily harm to be reporting about it live, on air, while it is happening.

Where's the common sense?

1 posted on 06/02/2013 3:23:15 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

i always thought them guys was crazy....but i’d go with them if asked;-)


2 posted on 06/02/2013 3:24:50 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I believe they were associated with National Geographic.


3 posted on 06/02/2013 3:25:26 PM PDT by mware
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To: camle
I'd love to see a tornado...from a distance...also would like to see golf ball size hale....

but as far as the storm chasers, they're doing it for publicity...that equals money....

4 posted on 06/02/2013 3:29:22 PM PDT by cherry
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Those three there were killed didn’t work for FOX news.

Here are some other threads about them:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3026421/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3026425/posts


5 posted on 06/02/2013 3:29:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: cherry

i know, but still it must be exciting...


6 posted on 06/02/2013 3:30:41 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle

This is probably the way that they WANED to die. I’m serious.


7 posted on 06/02/2013 3:31:21 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Adrenalin Junkies.

When you mess with the Bull, sooner or later you get the horn.


8 posted on 06/02/2013 3:31:39 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This here house was built in 1861 with a natural double granite storm cellar and a later concrete apple storage bin 50 feet underground in the orchard that doubles as a bomb shelter and a twister misser.

Any groundhog knows to dig a hole.

Chickens know when to come in out of the rain.

They ain`t stupid.

9 posted on 06/02/2013 3:31:49 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

These guys were associated with the National Geographic and were involved in serious scientific research.This research,presumably,has led...or could lead...to improved forecasting of tornadoes which,of course,would save lives.


10 posted on 06/02/2013 3:32:02 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: mware

I don’t care if they were associated with the Catholic Church. Shepherd Smith had no business interviewing them live, in the midst of a storm, and egging them to drive faster and give a better account about what was happening.

It reminds me of his coverage of Hurricane Katrina when he stood on a damp Bourbon Street about an hour after the rain stopped and chortled that “N. O. has these great pumps that keep this area dry.” 6 hours later the water was rising and the whole area was under water with people struggling to get to high ground.


11 posted on 06/02/2013 3:32:25 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cherry

I’d love to see a tornado...from a distance...also would like to see golf ball size hale....

**************

Click the links at the following link and to view some of their videos relating to storms.

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/02/the-stunning-tornado-videos-of-storm-chaser-tim-samaras-who-has-died/


12 posted on 06/02/2013 3:33:28 PM PDT by deport
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Prayers up for these guys and for their families. They were professionals doing a job.

That said, it's getting to be a big problem with thrill seekers, both locals and tourists, following the professional storm chasers (all the local TV stations, at least eight, have their own, plus probably a few others associated with certain radio stations.) around this part of the world and posting stuff on youtube.

Poseurs and thrill seekers, take heed.

13 posted on 06/02/2013 3:33:45 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They don’t learn anything or prove anything except that they are stupid idiots!

Good ridance!


14 posted on 06/02/2013 3:34:12 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I put storm chasers and mountain climbers in the same category.


15 posted on 06/02/2013 3:35:25 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: deport
" I’d love to see a tornado...from a distance...also would like to see golf ball size hale.... "

I've never seen a tornado up close, but I've seen baseball size hail.

Really you don't want to see a bad hailstorm either. Trust me.

16 posted on 06/02/2013 3:37:17 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ve always wondered why they don’t get some kind of APC to use for storm chasing.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 3:37:31 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: mware
I believe they were associated with National Geographic.

Or the crew of Jackass...

18 posted on 06/02/2013 3:38:26 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They are mostly dumb, adrenaline junkies with an occasional viral YouTube video to show for their “work”.

Driving a damn custom vehicle into a middle of a tornado serves no scientific purpose. If they want to “chase” tornados to help warn people of it’s path, they can do that from a far safer distance.


19 posted on 06/02/2013 3:40:51 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Not sure if you were around FR when Katrine hit.

We had two or three mega threads going.

I recall us discussion how many Fox New's ball caps were in various parts of NO. Every night Shep would lose at least one,sometimes two.

During one segment shep was in this one section that seemed deserted.

I posted that any minute now, Shep is going to find some dog left behine and lament about them.

Not more that two minutes later, what do we see but Shep kneeling down to pet two dogs deserted by their owners.

20 posted on 06/02/2013 3:41:07 PM PDT by mware
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To: cherry

Been through tree tornados and soft ball size hail. My dog would not go in her dog house so I had to go get her, a soft ball size peice of hail hurts like hell when hit in the head! I was caught in the midle and had to go back for a trash can lid! Our poor dog was bruised from ear to tail!
Is all pretty exciting until it’s headed for your house.
Luckily we were always missed. When younger it was go outside to watch! But now it’s head for the root cellar.


21 posted on 06/02/2013 3:41:40 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: cherry

“...the storm chasers, they’re doing it for publicity...money....”

That’s a sort of jaded take on this. These men who were killed were able to make some $ by doing their storm chasing but most folks don’t. And it’s extraordinary dangerous, as we’ve seen, to put one’s self into for that $.

I had a friend who was fascinated by meteorology and would go where, say, a hurricane was expected, simply because he loved to watch it unfold. He never made a dime on it.


22 posted on 06/02/2013 3:42:18 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I saw that, too. Shep is always nearly unbearable, but he was particularly annoying Friday evening.


23 posted on 06/02/2013 3:42:24 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: fwdude

Bingo. Dying from a tornado is the ultimate excitement. The ultimate high. There is no greater badge of courage for a tornado chaser. They died doing what they loved to do.


24 posted on 06/02/2013 3:43:08 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Conserev1

I’m a life long okie. Was never scared of storms until a couple of years ago. Lightening hit our house. Blew a hole in the roof etc. Makes me pretty nervous these days.


25 posted on 06/02/2013 3:44:05 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: dalereed

you are a heartless idiot


26 posted on 06/02/2013 3:45:56 PM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I remember years ago the made this probe that they wanted to be hit by a tornado. They dropped in front of numerous ones, but it was never hit?
RIP Storm chasers.


27 posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:01 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: CrazyIvan
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28 posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:04 PM PDT by barbarianbabs
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To: CrazyIvan

Ask and you shall receive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXR30pT2rwk

http://tornadoalleymovie.com/index.php/explore/tiv/


29 posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:10 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: CrazyIvan

30 posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:19 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: EDINVA

I used to storm chase kinda as a hobby. My brother and I. You need to own about a 1972 chevy pickup. You gotta plan on it getting beat up by the hail. And it better be 4 wheel drive. But it is really a rush to be out there and see that tornado start up.


31 posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:31 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I have seen them before. Really fascinating footage especially of some of the lightning.

I honestly did not think it was that dangerous as it seemed they could always just drive away from a tornado. I was once driving North of Tulsa and just on the edge of a town. A bunch of guys were standing in front of a filling station.

As I passed by they pointed North and there it was maybe a quarter of a mile away. A perfect tornado just like they show in the movies. I turned on the radio and listened as they tracked it. It did only minor damage to a couple of farm out buildings.


32 posted on 06/02/2013 3:46:51 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It wouldn’t surprise me if Queen Barry called a news conference to announce he has created 3 new jobs in the storm chasing industry.


33 posted on 06/02/2013 3:47:00 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: deport

We had golf ball sized hail fall on our house. It was amazing. I don’t know how to post pictures, or I would show you some.

It totaled out my car, and bought us 2 new roofs.


34 posted on 06/02/2013 3:48:19 PM PDT by Grammy (He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that they cannot carry out their plans. Job 5:12)
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To: Grammy

Go over to this FR HTML practice thread and you’ll be an expert in a few minutes.. You do need a host site for your photos also. Good Luck.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2973937/posts


35 posted on 06/02/2013 3:50:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: Texas Eagle

I rember a video made from and underpass a guy with some kids.
A suburban stopped just before the underpass and was hit by the twister. The man was killed and the surburban was tossed so hard the engine flew out of the engine comprtment!
One of the strangest things I ever saw was a rocking chair balanced on a 45 ft power pole crossarm, and a 20’ x 2’ steel I beam from a mall tied in an overhand knot!


37 posted on 06/02/2013 3:53:58 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’d offer my condolences, but how can I do that and not have it interpreted that I somehow endorse their “Hey! Watch me stick this fork into the electrical outlet!” lifestyle.

In fact I’ll just come out and say it... these guys got the brains of a radish!

Ignorant and selfish - look what their self-aggrandizing fantasies have left their families with.


38 posted on 06/02/2013 3:54:50 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Grammy
Here's one I took...

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39 posted on 06/02/2013 3:56:01 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: dalereed

Ahole


40 posted on 06/02/2013 3:59:02 PM PDT by colinhester
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To: camle
Live by the sword....

(Or maybe adrenaline...)

41 posted on 06/02/2013 4:00:00 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Did u see him after the OK tornado? He picked up a downed power line. I kid u not. Replayed it to kids as a “teachable moment” and to show how stupid he is.


42 posted on 06/02/2013 4:02:03 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Manic_Episode

What is that???


43 posted on 06/02/2013 4:02:18 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Uncle Chip

Agree. Climbers are nuts, but they know how they will die.


44 posted on 06/02/2013 4:03:20 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m not sure if anyone has posted this vid yet, but the camera was recording after having been ejected and was taping the weather channel SUV rolling and rolling.
http://www.weather.com/video/go-as-fast-as-you-possibly-can-37102?


45 posted on 06/02/2013 4:04:50 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: OKSooner; deport
"Really you don't want to see a bad hailstorm either."

I agree. Anything beyond soft, slushy pea sized hail is something to avoid.

Maybe someone can go out just after the storm, gather up the giant hail, put it in the freezer and sell it on e-Bay to you.

46 posted on 06/02/2013 4:05:15 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: CrazyIvan
" some kind of APC"

Or a tank.

47 posted on 06/02/2013 4:06:21 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: kjam22

true story ....

April 10th 1979 an f4 came into Wichita Falls Tx

The tornado came from sw of town and the golf drivin range was in it’s path. The course had a whittled telephone pole shaped like a tee with a massive plastic ball atop . You could see if from anywhere

That pole/ tee was directly hit as the tornado continued into W Falls and killed many

days later a farmer in Tulsa Oklahoma found that hugh golf ball in his pasture

now keep in mind Tulsa is north and east of W Falls by hundreds of miles.

days after the ball was found the Times Record News paper had a front page headline

God Hits A Slice


48 posted on 06/02/2013 4:07:34 PM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: PastorBooks
Tornado Intercept Vehicle
49 posted on 06/02/2013 4:10:07 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: mware
Discovery channel. The Weather Channel guys were the ones with the Suburban flattened like a tortilla. They walked away, though.

50 posted on 06/02/2013 4:11:03 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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