Discovery Saddened by the Loss of Storm Chasers Tim and Carl


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their colleague Carl Young who died Friday, May 31st doing what they love: chasing storms.

Chasing storms had been a part of Tim Samaras's life for over 25 years. Ten years ago, Tim developed his own tornado probes to record meteorological data inside of tornadoes.

Inspired by a two-month adventure chasing storms across the Great Plains, Carl Young left a career in Hollywood to study tornado dynamics and ultimately earn a masters degree in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno.

While attending a meteorological conference, Carl met Tim, who encouraged him to collect meteorological data from inside tornadoes as the principal focus of his thesis research.

Every spring since 2003, the two headed out together and tracked down over 125 tornadoes. Their mission was to help understand why tornadoes form in order to increase warning times in Tornado Alley.

Tim and Carl's work was the subject of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers series, which premiered on October 17, 2007 and ran for five seasons.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim and Carl's friends and families.

Tonight's Mile Wide Tornado: Oklahoma Disaster, at 10|9C, will be dedicated to their memory.

Share your thoughts about Tim and Carl on the Storm Chasers Facebook page or in our comment section below (off-topic comments will be deleted).

A Message from Eileen O'Neill: Remembering Tim Samaras and Carl Young

PHOTO GALLERY: In Memory of Storm Chasers Tim Samaras and Carl Young

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