Genius, pioneer in the science of meteorology, my mentor and someone I've looked up to my whole life, incredible father, a father figure to me in chasing who was always concerned about our safety as we were intercepting tornadoes. Selfless, passionate, and genuinely nice --
This morning my heart sunk when I found out Tim Samaras, Carl Young, and Tim's son lost their life on a storm chase a few days ago near El Reno. I'm still in disbelief.. this must be some kind of horrible dream. Of all people, Tim Samaras was the most controlled, safe storm chasing scientist I know. It doesn't make sense. It always seems to happen to the best people.
Tim was at the forefront of the science of meteorology, from his state-of-the-art invention the "Kahuna" to measure lightning in high speed, to his world record pressure fall measurement with his probes inside the Manchester F4 tornado on June 24, 2003. Tim, Carl, and Paul were more than great friends of mine, they are also pioneering scientists whose work has already saved countless lives, and will save lives forever.