The storm chasing and weather community is in a state of shock after today’s confirmation that Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and Samaras’s chase partner Carl Young, were killed in an Oklahoma tornado on Friday.
Samaras was a veteran of the scene, and now many professionals and enthusiasts are coming out to pay tribute to the Colorado native.
This is a very sad day for the meteorological community and the families of our friends lost.Tim Samaras was a pioneer and great man.
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) June 2, 2013
Tim Samaras’ tornado research undoubtedly saved countless lives. The entire weather community owes so much to him. Tragic loss.
— Shawn Reynolds (@WCL_Shawn) June 2, 2013
A number of people are trying to get the hashtag #twistex trending in tribute to the three who died. Twistex stands for Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in/near Tornadoes EXperiment), which was a tornado research experiment founded and headed up Samaras.
— Dick McGowan (@stormpics) June 2, 2013
Retweet this please. Everyone please get #twistex trending! The weather researchers that died could potentially save your life in the future
— Georgia Storm Chaser (@StormCoker) June 2, 2013
Perhaps the most beautiful tributes so far are the intiails being spelled out via GPS trackers on the Spotter Network, a website used by storm chasers to follow weather movements.
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