This is Tim Samaras, second from the left. That is my grandson ,Korey, in the plaid shirt. This was taken at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. Tim had gone to the storm chasers class, to instruct the team on chasing storms and reporting tornadoes. Tim wasn't just a storm chaser, he was a true scientist. He has gathered important informatiom about how storms and tornadoes develop.
Tragically Tim (55), his son Paul(24) and a colleague Carl Young(45) were killed last week while chasing the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. While near El Reno, Ok. a tornado turned and caught their vehicle up in the twister. Tearing and tossing the car and killing the crew. This is a great loss for us all. My prayers go out for the families of these brave men.
This is the t-shirt my grandson designed for his class at Ball State. He got his degree in meteorology while at Ball State. He was very much impressed by Tim Samaras. Korey went on to graduate school at the University of Salt Lake City and just graduated this spring.
There will be many to come along and take Tim 's place...but few will ever fill his shoes. xoxo