Monday, June 3, 2013

Storm Chaser Tim Samaras remembered by friends

Killed May 31, 2013 by a multi-vortex tornado

He was a good man

Tim Samaras was not really a STORM CHASER he was more of a STORM RESEARCHER which is actually a bit more dangerous because he purposely put himself in harms way planting probes in the paths of dangerous tornadoes and also filmed underneath some funnels looking up.  Most of us who are storm chasers are sometimes called storm trackers or storm spotters don't take such risks however there are an increasing number of chasers and trackers that are building armored vehicles with the intention of penetrating these dangerous storms.

I have occasionally sold video to The Weather Channel and at times the producers would buy my videos and would suggest to me that I didn't get close enough.  Unfortunately some of us will probably not graduate to this level to actually get into the storm as that is left to professional meteorologists and storm chasers/researchers such as Mike Bettis of The Weather Channel.  

Unfortunately for Tim Samaras this ended up in taking his life and that his son and another chaser.  But at least they ended up doing what was their passion both in life and in death.  Either way you could die doing just about anything or nothing at all.  There is always the risk of death as each and every one of us get closer to that date with death on a daily basis:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
---HEBREWS 9.27-28

Hopefully Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young were all in Christ Jesus as the multiple vortex tornado took their souls: