“The ingredients are coming together for a pretty volatile day,” storm chasing legend Tim Samaras told MSNBC during a phone interview on Friday, May 31, 2013. He warned that a supercell storm, the kind that creates dangerous hail and deadly tornadoes, could be headed for the Oklahoma City area.
Those words would prove prophetic. A scientist who spent 35 years trying to understand destructive storm systems, and starred in Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, Samaras lost his life to that storm.
He wasn’t alone. The EF3 tornado that tore apart large swaths of El Reno, Oklahoma, also took the life of Carl Young, his partner on their hit show, and the life of his 24-year-old son Paul.