Tornado Scientist Tim Samaras and Team Killed in Friday's El Reno, OK Tornado

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:43 PM GMT on June 02, 2013

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Veteran tornado scientist Tim Samaras, his son, environmental photographer Paul Samaras, 24, and meteorologist Carl Young, 45, died while chasing Friday's EF-3 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma. The tornado killed at least nine people, in total. "Thank you to everyone for the condolences. It truly is sad that we lost my great brother Tim and his great son, Paul," said the brother of Tim Samaras, Jim Samaras, on Tim's Facebook page. "They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they LOVED." Tim, his son Paul, and Carl Young were all featured chasers on the Discovery Channel’s series, Storm Chasers, and Tim was known throughout the chase community as a conscientious and safety-minded chaser. Carl Young, who holds a Masters degree in meteorology from the University of Nevada, joined Samaras in the field in 2003. According to his Discovery Channel biography, Young and Samaras chased over 125 tornadoes together: "Carl's finest moment came on June 11, 2004 near Storm Lake, Iowa. Working with Tim, they defied the odds and deployed their probes right in the path of a tornado. The six-camera video probe captured amazing footage from multiple angles while the sensor probe recorded data that revealed just how fast wind speeds are close to the ground."


Figure 1. TWC's Mike ‪Bettes‬ crew caught this image of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado of May 31, 2013 before the tornado caught them and rolled their vehicle. The tornado killed tornado scientists/storm chasers Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young.


Figure 2. Storm chasers in North Dakota aligned themselves to spell out "T S" in honor of Tim Samaras today. Image credit: spotternetwork.org.

Tornado science loses a pioneer
Tim Samaras had been a tornado scientist for over 25 years. He was the founder of TWISTEX, the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment, a 2011 field experiment designed to help learn more about tornadoes and increase lead time for warnings, which resulted in many peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. One of Tim Samaras' most widely recognized contributions to tornado science is his placement of an aerodynamically-designed probe in the path of an EF-4 tornado near Manchester, South Dakota on June 24, 2003. The probe measured a world-record pressure fall of 100 mb over a 40 second period.

One of the publications from the TWISTEX program, "Near-Ground Pressure and Wind Measurements in Tornadoes" recounts this close call Tim had in a tornado in 2011: "As the storm approached, the crew noted that the supercell was moving more sharply to the right of its former course, placing them near the projected path of the low-level mesocyclone. The crew drove south on Highway 259, attempting to position south of the low-level mesocyclone before it crossed the highway. With considerable tree cover in this region hampering the visual observation of the storm's features, TWISTEX crews could not position south of the mesocyclone on Highway 259 before the mesocyclone reached this road. Thus, the two mobile mesonet stations, M2 and M3, had an unplanned tornado encounter with a developing tornadic circulation while the mesonet was traveling south on Highway 259."


Figure 3. One of Tim Samaras' most widely recognized contributions to tornado science is his placement of an aerodynamically-designed probe in the path of an EF-4 tornado near Manchester, South Dakota on June 24, 2003. The probe measured a world-record pressure fall of 100 mb over a 40 second period. See the NWS article and conference paper on the event. Thanks to wunderground member Scott Lincoln for this link.

A storm chasers' nightmare
Cars and tornadoes can prove a dangerous mix even for the world's most experienced storm chasers. Driving at high speeds though heavy rain, large hail, and high winds is hazardous. If one is lucky enough to chase down a tornado, even the most experienced chasers can find themselves in a serious life-threatening situation when unexpected events occur. The exact circumstances of the deaths of Tim Samaras and his team are not clear, but the El Reno tornado was an extremely dangerous one to chase. Tornadoes by their nature are unpredictable, and can change course unexpectedly, or pop up suddenly. It's particularly dangerous when a tornado is wrapped in rain, making it hard to see, or if a chaser is operating in a heavily populated area, where roads may suddenly become congested. All four of these conditions occurred Friday during the El Reno tornado. The El Reno tornado was wrapped in rain and difficult to see as it headed west towards Oklahoma City, and suddenly made a jog to the southeast as a Weather Channel team led by Mike Bettes was attempting to get in front of the storm, and the tornado lifted their vehicle off the ground, rolled it multiple times, and hurled it 200 yards into a nearby field. Austin Anderson was driving the Tornado Hunt vehicle, and suffered several broken bones and was hospitalized. Although Austin will have to undergo surgery in the next few days, doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery. StormChasingVideo.com storm chaser Brandon Sullivan and his chase partner Brett Wright got caught in the tornado northwest of Union City, OK and slammed with debris as the tornado hit a barn that exploded in front of them. Meteorologist Emily Sutton and storm chaser Kevin Josefy of local Oklahoma City TV station KFOR also had a very close call with the El Reno tornado Friday afternoon. They got too close to the tornado, and were forced to floor the car in reverse to escape flying debris. With branches of trees crashing around them, Sutton began feeling debris hitting her back, and realized that the rear windshield of the car must have gotten destroyed. Both were uninjured. Reed Timmer's armor-plated "Dominator" chase vehicle had its hood torn off by the tornado. Wunderground member Levi32 was out storm chasing during the El Reno Tornado, and got stuck in traffic on Highway 4 and couldn't move. "We looked up above the car and saw the wall cloud over top of us, with very quick rotation and rising scud indicating the updraft. We were definitely too close."


Video 1. Severe storm researcher and engineer Tim Samaras talks about his view on tornadoes and what remains to be understood in this interview posted on May 21, 2013.


Video 2. A tornado passes over one of Tim Samaras' specially designed six-camera video probes on June 11, 2004 near Storm Lake, Iowa.

Tornadoes and cars: a dangerous mix
A vehicle is about the worst place you can be in a tornado, as the tornado's winds can easily roll a car. (The only place less safe is probably a mobile home, as a tornado's winds can roll mobile homes almost as readily, and mobile homes don't come with seat belts and air bags.) At least five of the deaths in Friday's El Reno tornado occurred in vehicles. There was one local TV station that urged residents without underground shelters to get in their cars and "get south" in advance of the tornado that was approaching Oklahoma City, since chasers were reporting that the El Reno tornado may have been so strong that only an underground shelter would have provided adequate protection. This terrible piece of advice likely contributed to the incredible traffic jams that we saw on I-35, I-40, I-44, and other local roads Friday night. Thousands of cars were bumper-to-bumper on the roads as a dangerous tornado approached them. Had the El Reno tornado plowed directly down one of these car-choked interstates, the death toll could have easily exceeded 500. If you are located in a metro area and don't have an underground shelter, the best thing to do it to take shelter in an interior windowless room or hallway, with protective furniture over your body. Getting in a car and attempting to flee the tornado is the worst thing you can do in an urban area. You may not be able to see the tornado if it is dark or the tornado is wrapped in rain. You are likely to encounter hazardous winds, rain, and hail, run into unexpected traffic, or flooded or debris-blocked roads that will put you directly in the path of the tornado. Even without an underground shelter, most people will be able to survive a dangerous EF-4 tornado. Case in point: during the Mannsford, Oklahoma EF- 4 tornado of 1984, a packed church received a direct hit, and everyone in the church survived. The only fatality was a man who drove to the church to get his wife. It is often better to abandon your vehicle and take shelter in a ditch, if you are caught in a car during a tornado. However, if there is already flying debris in the air, leaving your car and exposing yourself to the debris in order to get to a ditch may be more hazardous than staying in your car. Furthermore, ditches are prone to flash floods. Four deaths during the El Reno tornado were from a family of seven that sheltered in a drainage ditch, and were washed into the Deep Fork River by a flash flood. Searchers are still looking for the other three bodies. A 2002 research paper, "UNSAFE AT ANY (WIND) SPEED? Testing the Stability of Motor Vehicles in Severe Winds" found that: "The stability and superior safety of being in a vehicle in severe winds, relative to occupying a mobile home or being outdoors, should be considered." Also, TWC's severe weather expert, Dr. Greg Forbes, commented on the pros and cons of abandoning one's vehicle for a ditch in a 2009 blog post, "Tornado Safety - Cars Versus Ditches: A Controversy." His personal take on what he would do if his car was being overtaken by a tornado, and no sturdy buildings were nearby to take shelter in: "I can't see myself getting out of the vehicle. I'd try first to drive away from the tornado. Both the NWS and the American Red Cross actually also advocate this. If you can determine which way the tornado is moving toward, face your body toward that direction and then go to the right, as shown in the diagram below. That is usually toward the south or southeast. The reason that it's best to head this way is that if you went to the left you would normally get into the region where largest hail and blinding rain occur in the kind of supercell, rotating thunderstorms that often spawn tornadoes. If I had no such driving option and I did feel the urge to get out of my car, I'd try to get into a building, and into a ditch well away from the car as the last resort."

My condolences and prayers go to all of the family and friends of Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young. Their deaths are a terrible shock to the meteorological community, and a great loss for tornado science. I hope that their deaths will lead towards safer tornado chasing, and help spur efforts to use emerging drone technology to take measurements in dangerous storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting sar2401:

Let's see if we can get this straight. There is a moderate size mass of disturbed weather of the tip of the Yucatan. It's not a tropical depression, it's not an invest, it's not even a clearly identified low pressure area. Some models, the CMC in particular, want to develop this into a tropical depression and bring it on a track crossing the Panhandle area of Florida later this week. That's the one that shows a track near PCB. Nothing is happening yet, and, if anything does happen, it probably won't start happening until Tuesday.

There is a separate mass of clouds and disturbed weather off Cuba and Hispaniola. This area of disturbed weather has a lot of convection and moisture associated with it. This mass of disturbed weather is the one forecast to move across south Florida in the next few days, bringing anywhere from a a couple up to 20 inches of rain. So, there are two different areas of interest, and, if they develop as some models forecast, they will affect two different areas of Florida.


Um it looks like one area to me for now

the models showing a split may agree with you though
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
It's really hard to swallow that an EF3 killed so many people including couple of good chasers. This shows that it doesn't have to be a violent torndao (EF4 or EF5) to kill many people. However, NWS Norman is still going over the data and there is DOW data to look over as well. It's just hard to believe this tornado was only EF3 because of what the radar were showing, but there's no damage to support higher than EF3. Shows that sometimes looking at radar doesn't automatically mean there's EF4 or EF5 on ground.

EDIT: NWS Norman said their radar and surveys only supported EF3 winds with estimate peak of 156 mph.
I think it was the multiple vortices that created the problem with this storm, that and the abrupt direction changes. With out further information, it looks like Samaras and crew may have been attempting to get away from congested main roads and to parallel the storm that, like others that evening seemed to be heading SE, when it took that abrupt NE run. I think there were 5 or 7 fatalities all together in that little area from 10th St to I-40...
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The wind shear expected to relax some in the GOM in a couple days
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Quoting Hurricane1956:
The new Models runs shows the low from the Gulf of Mexico (or future cyclone) hitting the Panama City area,not even close to South Florida,if this is the case what is the reasoning for all the projected rain amounts maps and graphics,showing South Florida getting amazing amounts of rains in the next few days if the system is supposed to move so far North,are there are any other Models or indications?? that it will cross the Florida Peninsula much south of the Florida big bend area,that is the only reason I can agreed with such amount of rain and stormy weather for South Florida.

Let's see if we can get this straight. There is a moderate size mass of disturbed weather of the tip of the Yucatan. It's not a tropical depression, it's not an invest, it's not even a clearly identified low pressure area. Some models, the CMC in particular, want to develop this into a tropical depression and bring it on a track crossing the Panhandle area of Florida later this week. That's the one that shows a track near PCB. Nothing is happening yet, and, if anything does happen, it probably won't start happening until Tuesday.

There is a separate mass of clouds and disturbed weather off Cuba and Hispaniola. This area of disturbed weather has a lot of convection and moisture associated with it. This mass of disturbed weather is the one forecast to move across south Florida in the next few days, bringing anywhere from a a couple up to 20 inches of rain. So, there are two different areas of interest, and, if they develop as some models forecast, they will affect two different areas of Florida.
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It's really hard to swallow that an EF3 killed so many people including couple of good chasers. This shows that it doesn't have to be a violent torndao (EF4 or EF5) to kill many people. However, NWS Norman is still going over the data and there is DOW data to look over as well. It's just hard to believe this tornado was only EF3 because of what the radar were showing, but there's no damage to support higher than EF3. Shows that sometimes looking at radar doesn't automatically mean there's EF4 or EF5 on ground.

EDIT: NWS Norman said their radar and surveys only supported EF3 winds with estimate peak of 156 mph.
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Quoting beell:


Probably because the west side of this system will be dry as a bone as western ridging over Mexico and TX builds east over the western gulf. As others have mentioned, westerly shear may push the moisture east-over the peninsula of FL.
Thank you!!,that is exactly my reasoning,and I just post exactly what you are saying above.
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I am driving back from Commerce GA and just passed quite the shelf cloud. When I get back I will post it. Not sure how good the photo is as I took it on the phone. Was quite beutiful. The storm itself was very strong as well.
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Quoting GrandCaymanMed:


Hello wunderkidcayman! I'm doing well, studying hard at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine here on the island. I'm in my second year of medical school here. We have had so much rain this past week! I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida before this, but all the rain we got in the past week is much more than what Florida gets. The clouds outside are moving fast and have that "tropical look". I have been watching the convection over the NW Caribbean and Yucatan. If it can focus of the NW Caribbean we might get more squalls and gusty winds.

How are you doing?

yeah I'm doing well
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Quoting anotherwrongyear:
Thats what ive been saying for 2 days now it wont bother florida to much and just now on channel 13 out of orlando they said theres very little chance of anything developing in the gulf maybe a little rain on wednesday
Well if you see all the graphics maps for rain amount for the next few days for South Florida it clearly shows huge amount of rain for central and South Florida,our local Mets here in Miami,said last night that we can expect a tremendous rain event for our area starting tomorrow,and show the future projected rain fall,so they know better than us!!,and we probably have to wait to see how everything falls in place.
My opinion is that even if the low hit the big bend of Florida all the heavy moisture and rain will be lop sided to the East of the system and will enter Florida way before the center of the low reach land fall.
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191. beell
Quoting Hurricane1956:
The new Models runs shows the low from the Gulf of Mexico (or future cyclone) hitting the Panama City area,not even close to South Florida,if this is the case what is the reasoning for all the projected rain amounts maps and graphics,showing South Florida getting amazing amounts of rains in the next few days if the system is supposed to move so far North,are there are any other Models or indications?? that it will cross the Florida Peninsula much south of the Florida big bend area,that is the only reason I can agreed with such amount of rain and stormy weather for South Florida.


Probably because the west side of this system will be dry as a bone as western ridging over Mexico and TX builds east over the western gulf. As others have mentioned, westerly shear may push the moisture east-over the peninsula of FL.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Not trying to be rude or dsrespectful but I hope Doc makes a new blog soon this one is just depressing.




well hes likey not going too make other one in tell monday AM but if this blog is depressing you then i would this long off for the rest of the day and return in the AM when he has a new blog up


same gos for evere one else that cant take it or if this is depressing you
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Quoting ScottLincoln:
Youtube video from 2010 where Tim Samaras describes his chase vehicle. This appears to be the same vehicle he was driving 2 days ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YO1RA-tkWI


Tim also talks about his hail pads and some of the newer probes he developed.


The photo posted above is from CNN, with a credit to Ed Lavendera. There's another one of the remains being winched onto a flatbed tow truck on CNN's website. They weren't on Hwy 81 but a little bit to the east, south of I-40.
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Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph said roadways quickly became congested with the convergence of rush-hour traffic and fleeing residents.

Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2013/06/01/3637653/frig htened-okla-residents-opt.html#storylink=cpy
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Quarter-sized hail reported near Falls Village, Conn.
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Quoting FOREX:


I have really poor vision. Which model is showing a track towards Panama City Beach area? Reliable??
Looks like the CMC and GFS want to bring something into the big bend/panhandle area of florida,,,,as to reliable?.....stay tuned.
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Quoting sar2401:

Yes, unfortunately. Apparently stories at KFOR don't actually have to match the headline either. the lead story head line an eleventh victim was recovered but the story goes on to talk about only ten victims recovered. Seems like someone there needs to take a deep breath and maybe a stiff drink and pull themselves back together again.
Is this the same station someone was complaining about the other day? I have been looking at the news9 coverage on a regular basis because they have that chopper and a TV met who seems to know what he's talking about.
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MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION

Excerpt:


INTERESTINGLY...THE LATEST GFS ENSEMBLE KEEPS THE LOW IN THE BAY
OF CAMPECHE THROUGH DAY 5 (FRI)...WHILE THE ECMWF ENSEMBLE TAKES
IT NE TO ACROSS N FLORIDA FRI NIGHT. IN ANY EVENT AMPLE MOISTURE
OVER THE SE GULF WILL AND ERN BAY OF CAMPECHE WILL PERSIST FOR
THE NEXT FEW DAYS WITH SCATTERED TOP NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
TSTMS...SOME WHICH MAY BE ATTENDED BY STRONG GUSTY WINDS.
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Not trying to be rude or dsrespectful but I hope Doc makes a new blog soon this one is just depressing.
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Quoting sar2401:

None. The CMC wants to take it to the east of PCB by about 75 miles and then into Georgia. All the supposed storm tracks leaving the Gulf have a total reliability of maybe 20% at this stage of the game. Assuming a tropical storm actually forms, and assuming it's not sheared apart, and assuming it doesn't go much further south, then we can start getting excited. I have my excitemnt alarm set for Tuesday about noon. :-)


lol. thanks.
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Youtube video from 2010 where Tim Samaras describes his chase vehicle. This appears to be the same vehicle he was driving 2 days ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YO1RA-tkWI


Tim also talks about his hail pads and some of the newer probes he developed.
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
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If it bleeds it leads! An oldie, but still true for TV stations everywhere.

Yes, unfortunately. Apparently stories at KFOR don't actually have to match the headline either. the lead story head line an eleventh victim was recovered but the story goes on to talk about only ten victims recovered. Seems like someone there needs to take a deep breath and maybe a stiff drink and pull themselves back together again.
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The new Models runs shows the low from the Gulf of Mexico (or future cyclone) hitting the Panama City area,not even close to South Florida,if this is the case what is the reasoning for all the projected rain amounts maps and graphics,showing South Florida getting amazing amounts of rains in the next few days if the system is supposed to move so far North,are there are any other Models or indications?? that it will cross the Florida Peninsula much south of the Florida big bend area,that is the only reason I can agreed with such amount of rain and stormy weather for South Florida.
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175. auburn (Mod)
Just saw Pictures of the TWISTEX team research vehicle...its terrible..
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Quoting FOREX:


I have really poor vision. Which model is showing a track towards Panama City Beach area? Reliable??

None. The CMC wants to take it to the east of PCB by about 75 miles and then into Georgia. All the supposed storm tracks leaving the Gulf have a total reliability of maybe 20% at this stage of the game. Assuming a tropical storm actually forms, and assuming it's not sheared apart, and assuming it doesn't go much further south, then we can start getting excited. I have my excitemnt alarm set for Tuesday about noon. :-)
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Quoting Andrebrooks:
look at tropicsweatherpr's last update.


Adding a low doesn't mean it will be a an automatic invest. They look for signs of organization before designating a invest.
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Quoting sar2401:

I think I could have come up with a less incendiary word than "terrorize" to describe people in an entire state.


If it bleeds it leads! An oldie, but still true for TV stations everywhere.
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Quoting Minnemike:
two very important points you make.. i would estimate a third of the traffic mess his responsibility, another 1/3rd the Moore-fear, and then it was just a terrible time of day on a busy traffic day this went down.. the rest.
i think your final statement is why i believe resignation is due. i wouldn't even advocate a firing, he needs to own his responsibility in how he handled information for an enormous population in such short time. the point he started this effort to get people on the roads was entirely too soon, given the unknowns of storm development and track, and the message persisted way too late when it was eminent danger to anyone in a car.. and it might have been 3-5min at Most between his last message to drive away, when he started telling people in cars to get out, because that's the worst place to be. okay, maybe i didn't step quite off this soapbox, but emotions are high right now.
this is why one must not advocate for escaping a tornado in a car. this is why you inform people how to be creative with their shelter possibilities; telling them the positions to take in the correct parts of above ground structures, being better chances of survival in any tornado vs. being in a car.
man.. blood boiled then, and it's even worse now knowing the fate of all and how these storms behaved.

I agree that Mike Morgan needs to take some responsibility for what he said on the air. It clearly wasn't within the normal bounds of advice that would be given by a competent meteorologist in an emergent situation. I don't know what Morgan's position is in the food chain at KFOR but I've been wondering if there wasn't another meteorologist there that could have moderated Morgan's remarks. OTOH, KFOR seems to be somewhat given to dramatizing events. A current story at the KFOR site has headline reading "Twisters, severe flooding terrorize state". I think I could have come up with a less incendiary word than "terrorize" to describe people in an entire state.
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Quoting Andrebrooks:
look at tropicsweatherpr's last update.


NHC designates invests - there is no 91L yet
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Quoting Tazmanian:



91L is not here but will be in the next few days
look at tropicsweatherpr's last update.
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Quoting Hurricanes101:


At its strongest, Isidore was a CAT 3, but your main point still stands
Thank you I went ahead and edit that post.
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Quoting Andrebrooks:
Looks like 91L is here.



91L is not here but will be in the next few days
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165. FOREX
Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


I have really poor vision. Which model is showing a track towards Panama City Beach area? Reliable??
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Here is the 18z Surface Analysis by TAFB and it has the word new that means a new low pressure will be added near that red x at 00z.

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163. VR46L
Quoting VirginIslandsVisitor:
Good afternoon

I see that two more sets of initials have been added. Such a tribute....

Link

Lindy


Yes , It really is !
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
Looks like 91L is here.
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Quoting sar2401:

Scott, assuming that picture is real, other chaser may not even have recognized that tangled mess as Tim's vehicle. You may be right that they were also not with the main mass of other chasers, so their absence may have gone unnoticed. As far as to why it took so long for the official details, I suspect that the condition of the remains may have made something like dental records needed for a positive ID.
Not to mention notification of next of kin.

It's really coming down heavily again right now. I have a bad feeling the people who flooded out last week are going to have to deal with some flooding again. The only thing that has saved us this week from the flash flooding has been that the heavy downpours, like this one, have been of much shorter duration, and have been much more intermittent.

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Quoting BahaHurican:
Hey, nige... how's JA? Wx here is overcast, with periodic rain, heavy at times. I went out earlier and was interested to note that orthographic lifting contributed to the rain rate; near and between our two ranges of hills the rainfall was heavy and constant, while to their north and south it was light and sporadic.

We had some intermittent rainfall earlier this morning, but it was pretty light...I'm in central Jamaica at this time, so I'm not sure about Kingston.
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Quoting sar2401:

Scott, assuming that picture is real,


FYI... I just a search with our trusty hoax-confirming google image search and found that the picture appeared unique. Google couldn't find any other instances of the photo and barely came up with any news sources with it. This seems to indicate that 1) the picture didn't come from the internet nor and 2) the picture is relatively new and/or unique.

Unfortunately, I think it is probably a genuine photo.
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Quoting ScottLincoln:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101514673 76446194&set=a.101937526193.93900.724566193&am p;type=1
At this time, we need all parties within the OKC area, that is willing to go on a hunt for Paul's video camera, to do so. If this camera is found, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE IT TO THE MEDIA! The camera should be turned into the Canadian Cty Sherriff, El Reno Department. Jim does not know the make or brand of the camera. - Caryn Hill

The search area should be concentrated around the intersection of 10th Street and Radio Road. They were NOT on I-40 as originally thought. Concentrate anywhere from 1/4-1/2 mile of this area in any direction. The sides of the roads have already been searched. Fields etc in the general area should be where any search is conducted. IF found, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE TO THE MEDIA!!! TURN IT IN TO THE CANADIAN CTY SHERRIFF, EL RENO DEPARTMENT. This is the least we can do for Jim and Kathy! -Verne Carlson

Pictures of Samaras' vehicle suggest the that equipment and other things located on/within the vehicle could have been removed and transported significant distances. Hopefully they can get the video equipment and any other data that might be missing.


Subsequent information seems to have suggested that they were away from most of the chasers on the main highway, and that they were not on the interstate.

I don't know what the general rescue/recovery situation is in that area, but this kind of evidence search is something our search and rescue team did frequently in California. I know they have some good SAR teams in that area and hope they can organize a search, since they have better training than a bunch of civilians wandering the farm fields.
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4:38 p.m. EDT Sunday: Thunderstorm wind gust caused several trees to blow down in Fryeburg, Maine.

4:26 p.m. EDT Sunday: A 56 mph wind gust reported at Waynesboro High School, Pa.

4:24 p.m. EDT Sunday: A tornado has touched down 6 miles west of Anderson, S.C.

4:16 p.m. EDT Sunday: Thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado reported near Kingfield, Maine heading toward Bingham, Maine.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

hey GrandCaymanMed what up
Quoting wunderkidcayman:

hey GrandCaymanMed what up


Hello wunderkidcayman! I'm doing well, studying hard at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine here on the island. I'm in my second year of medical school here. We have had so much rain this past week! I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida before this, but all the rain we got in the past week is much more than what Florida gets. The clouds outside are moving fast and have that "tropical look". I have been watching the convection over the NW Caribbean and Yucatan. If it can focus of the NW Caribbean we might get more squalls and gusty winds.

How are you doing?
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AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather13 min
Upstate South Carolina tornado to pass very close to Northlake; take cover now!


AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather16 min
A tornado has touched down 6 miles west of Anderson, SC.
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