Noted storm chaser and weather researcher Tim Samaras killed by El Reno tornado

Veteran storm chaser and weather researcher Tim Samaras, his son Paul and his longtime chase partner Carl Young were all killed in the El Reno tornado Friday night in Oklahoma. A total of nine people died in tornadoes that raked the Oklahoma City metropolitan area that night.

Samaras, 55, was among the most respected voices in the storm chasing community, and he was doing some of the most important research on violent weather.

He founded TWISTEX (Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes EXperiment) to pursue tornadoes and advance the research and warning available to the public.

And he was researching lightning with the fastest, highest-resolution camera in the world – work that promised to change our understanding of the physics of lightning. It was research that had the potential to save countless lives.

Tim Samaras and Carl Young were among those featured in the former Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers.”