The haunting final tweets of Discovery storm chaser Tim Samaras, killed in Okla. tornado

Tim Samaras’ family confirmed the sad news.

Tim Samaras, his son Paul and his partner Carl Young died on Friday as a result of the deadly tornado that hit El Reno, Oklahoma.

The storm chaser sent out what was to be his last tweet on Friday:

Haunting. These were tweeted earlier in the week:

Heartbreaking.

Mr. Samaras appeared on the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers.”

Discovery Communication’s Twitter account posted the sad news.

As did the Discovery Channel Twitter account:

Friends, fans and  colleagues are mourning on Twitter.

The Discovery Channel is dedicating tonight’s documentary to the three men.

Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.

Related:

Tornadoes, baseball-size hail present ‘very ominous situation’ for Oklahoma City, Moore, Okla.

  • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

    Very sad news. He died doing what he enjoyed. Scientific research. It shows that no matter how experienced you are, you’re never safe from mother nature.

    May Tim, Paul, and Carl rest in peace.

  • Kimberley Shank

    I think these are man made storms, Man trying to play God, creates havoc. So Sad for these special Men and their families.

    • TocksNedlog

      Um, would you care to elaborate on “man made storms”?

      • Kimberley Shank

        Research.

        • Tom Chipp

          Research causes storms? All these years I thought they were a naturally occurring thing.

        • Liane Laskoske

          Want to explain how the hell you would ‘make’ an F3 tornado by hand?

        • TomJB

          How very enlightening…

        • Pat R.

          Kimberly, please put the shovel down and step well away from the hole, OK?

        • Pat R.

          Kimberly, please put the shovel down and step well away from the hole, OK?

        • http://www.slugbuddies.com/ Toadus

          Brilliant. I pray for your brain’s sake that you are under 15.

        • http://www.slugbuddies.com/ Toadus

          Brilliant. I pray for your brain’s sake that you are under 15.

      • chewinmule

        H.A.AR.P.?

        • Liane Laskoske

          Evidently Kim has been experimenting in her backyard. Maybe she created that tornado and should be tried for murder.

          • 1twothree4

            She knows how to blow and suck. Well, a beginning at least, in research.

        • Seeker

          No. H.A.AR.P can’t even generate the same power level of a single lighting flash, let alone control or disturb entire weather systems. People who say this don’t understand how the technology work. This is usually being pushed by conspiracy theorists and others with religious motivations (i.e. crackpots and the easily gullible).

          • PeteRFNY

            The HAARP-heads need something to justify all the money they spend buying tin foil hats at the conspiracy theory store.

        • Ken Alan Draper

          one small midwest thunderstorm contains more energy then Mankind has generated in it’s entire history. there is almost nothing the Human race can do that can effect the weather in any way.

        • GingahBeahd

          HAARP will charge the ionosphere which may help intensify a storm, even direct it, but the air force branch of geo-engineering research will usually use aerosols to alter the weather.

    • FirstNameTooMuchLastNameSwag

      Give me a break

    • petercrawford

      right kimberely, get jesse ventura conspiracy, look up HAARP, its in Alaska it puts out more than a billion watts check it out..then check out the Ozark conspiracy with jesse what the elite are planning for we the people????

      • Justin Jurek

        Go away, no one wants to hear from you Info Wars troll.

    • Jaiden Everett

      Man-made storms? Um, no.

    • Seeker

      You “thinking” these are man made storms…..news flash….does not make them so. That’s your problem…forming your own perception. Nobody is “playing god” when such a thing hasn’t even been shown to exist aside from people making baseless assertions. Lets rely on evidence next time and not on what people….”think”.

    • Bristel

      You think these kinds of conspiracies wouldn’t, umm, you know, be found out? These kinds of things would potentially take hundreds of people all keeping a secret… and secrets get out. So, in reality, your paranoia is unfounded in science, or in the art of secrecy in general.

    • Jenny

      I remember years ago (like maybe in the late 70’s?) when they were experimenting with cloud ‘seeding’ to try and end the drought… they resulted in some pretty bad storm situations – bad enough they ended the practice.

    • Belinda Henry

      Crazy, unless these victims were republicans and refused to take their audits quietly….koo koo ka choo.

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Be nice to Kimberly, guys. It seems that these are her first two forays onto the interwebz as a contributor…

      • TocksNedlog

        I asked my question as gently as possible.

        • Grandma HeadInjury

          LOL! You were nicer than I would have been…

    • Ken Alan Draper

      man cannot make weather, the power of one small thunderstorm contains more energy then man has ever produced in his entire existence. scientists know only 1/10th of 1 percent of the variables that effect the Earth’s atmosphere, mankinds most powerful inventions are a speck compared to the energy output of even the smallest storms. one bolt of lightning could power new York city for a year, the silicon circuits in our computers do not come anywhere near the complexity or the intricacy of the atmosphere.

    • Pat R.

      Where in the hell do you come up with such unparalleled horses**t? Twisters are “man-made” ?? Guess when my father saw them back in the late 1910’s, Some evil WWI era scientist was busy at work in Montana.

      • BrokenRT

        She did not say “all ” twisters where man-made.

    • Pat R.

      Where in the hell do you come up with such unparalleled horses**t? Twisters are “man-made” ?? Guess when my father saw them back in the late 1910’s, Some evil WWI era scientist was busy at work in Montana.

    • Cory McCoy

      This has to be the dumbest thing/comment I have read all year. Seriously, read what you said back to yourself out loud and then go outside and create a woman made storm since you and god seem to know how this happened Tim MUST have been playing god at the time.. Then act like you care about them and their families while insulting them at the same time.. Don’t forget to create some havoc while you are out creating a woman made storm with god IDIOT!!

    • Leslie Dawn Bell

      Your kidding….please tell me your kidding.

  • TocksNedlog

    Don’t go chasing tornados — you just might catch one.

    • audieho

      He didn’t just chase tornados. He developed sensitive measuring devices in order to study and predict tornadic activity in order to save lives. That’s not something that should be mocked.

      • LochGates44

        That didn’t appear to be someone mocking their deaths. Only someone pointing out the dangers of chasing Tornadoes.

      • TocksNedlog

        I was mocking absolutely nothing, thank you very little.

    • 1twothree4

      Asshole

    • Pat R.

      Huge difference doing scientific research (as Samaras was doing) and the half-wits that get a thrill out of chasing and catching twisters on their camera. The former are professionals, the latters-fools.

    • Pat R.

      Huge difference doing scientific research (as Samaras was doing) and the half-wits that get a thrill out of chasing and catching twisters on their camera. The former are professionals, the latters-fools.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

      You can’t really research tornadoes without going into the belly of the beast. As @disqus_DtJzqlzMQ7:disqus noted – The Weather Channel (NBC) nearly lost a crew themselves. These people had been doing it for years and just got caught by one wicked unexpected turn. Their vehicle was equipped with a lot of research equipment.

    • James Perley

      I’ve chased storms. One caught me, and I looked up into a tornado. I was one of the first to report cloud rotation to the Weather Service since I am a volunteer observer and storm spotter. I may have helped save some lives in that tornado. As it was four people died, and the storm gave our farmstead $8,000 dollars in damage.

    • James Perley

      I’ve chased storms. One caught me, and I looked up into a tornado. I was one of the first to report cloud rotation to the Weather Service since I am a volunteer observer and storm spotter. I may have helped save some lives in that tornado. As it was four people died, and the storm gave our farmstead $8,000 dollars in damage.

  • SalMoanella

    They died doing what they loved. There are worse fates.

  • Danny Wheeler

    A fond farewell to these brave and daring souls.

  • KansasGirl

    I’m so sorry to hear this…G-d take care of these fine men, and watch over their families.

  • steve wieters

    I am sad to hear about Tim and his team. They died so that we may understand Tornadoes better and that others might live and benefit from their work. Go with God Tim, and team!

  • Zathras11 @B5

    YEARS BEFORE HE DIED (I’m stressing that) South Park made fun of Steve Irwin by saying he went around sticking his thumb up the #$%$ of animals to see their reactions. I’m like to see them do something similar with THIS practice. “Stupid is as stupid does, sir.” Some people want to die.

    • Bristel

      These people wanted to study storms in more accurate detail than just using a weather radar that is 40 miles away. Their research is helping us determine how and why storms form and how we can warn people of the danger earlier than we can based on radar detection. So yes, people like Tim chase after danger, but only to save the rest of us. As do volcanologists, seismologists, etc.

    • Jaymus Lonestar

      And some people want to be ridiculed. How would you like it if people say you should die for such an idiotic, uneducated, uninformed, and insensitive comment? Get a clue!

    • Jason Foxworth

      You are about as dumb as they come.

    • PeteRFNY

      What an ill-informed comment. These guys do what they do to help save hundreds of lives, find out what makes tornadoes tick so they can be better predicted. They’re not out there just looking at clouds to show how badass they are. That’s what making comments in the internet is for.

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      I was going to post something about your intelligence, but you already said “South Park.” How could I make a stronger point than that….

    • Pat R.

      Spoken like the clueless fool that you are.

    • Pat R.

      Spoken like the clueless fool that you are.

  • Bristel

    Tim Samaras was always one of the more calm and collected guys on Storm Chasers.

  • nc

    It’s obvious that these men weren’t simply “thrill seekers” but were contributing valuable information that few others could provide. RIP, guys. So sad. Such a loss.

  • Mackie

    The tragedy was almost doubly fold that night when another weather channel storm chaser GMC Yukon was tossed and rolled nearly 200 yards off the highway, fortunately they survived with cuts and some broken bones.

    Chasers were openly admitting that it was difficult to see all these rain rapped vertices that kept rolling out of the wide spread storm .

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    Dangerous job but someone’s gotta do it. RIP.

  • Misanthrope

    However well-intentioned and honorable they were, no intelligent person would jump into that truck and drive around looking for tornados.

    • Jonathan

      An inventor, engineer, meteorologist, and founder of a research team dedicated to learning about complex weather patterns so that lives could be saved.

      Intelligent.

      • Misanthrope

        Drives an old truck with no protection whatever, WITH HIS SON IN IT, trying to get close to tornados.
        Not intelligent.

      • Misanthrope

        Drives an old truck with no protection whatever, WITH HIS SON IN IT, trying to get close to tornados.
        Not intelligent.

  • Misanthrope

    However well-intentioned and honorable they were, no intelligent person would jump into that truck and drive around looking for tornados.

  • GaryTheBrave

    I’ve never seen their Discovery Channel show. I have only seen the storm chasers on The Weather Channel. I thought it was those guys who got killed.

    On Friday I posted on my Facebook page a YouTube video of chasers getting blasted by debris. I don’t know if it is from these guys. I’ll copy the link & post on this or the first article about this tragedy.

  • GaryTheBrave

    I’ve never seen their Discovery Channel show. I have only seen the storm chasers on The Weather Channel. I thought it was those guys who got killed.

    On Friday I posted on my Facebook page a YouTube video of chasers getting blasted by debris. I don’t know if it is from these guys. I’ll copy the link & post on this or the first article about this tragedy.

  • Leslie Dawn Bell

    Love how people condem these scientist ….. It might be your life their research saves one day….RIP Tim, Paul, and Carl

  • The__Phoenix

    Here is a comment I wrote about Moore in my Facebook prior to this tragedy . . .

    “Lester Holt from NBC Today said that it must be frustrating that you see the storm results of which no one can control.

    Perhaps living a Holy Life, (NOT RELIGIOUS PUTTING ON A SHOW BUT TRUE FAITH! i.e.: Ephesians 2:8 & 9 , Titus 3:5 & 6 and Galatians Chapter 1), unto the Lord in business as well as in one’s personal life can contribute to the lessening of such a scenario!

    It is sad that the “”rain” must fall on the good and the bad”. Matthew 5:45 KJV: “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” It is unfortunate the innocent often pay for the sins of those evil just like in war! Maybe God is sending them a message!

    Yes, yes, the skeptics say that Moore is a sitting duck because of the geography of the land being a causation of weather’s repetitive visits. However, you saw a few closets that were left standing with the whole house destroyed around it and the person or persons inside left without a scratch. That attests to the fact that if God doesn’t want someone hurt that person does not get hurt no matter what the geography is! Selah!

    Maybe God is sending Naperveh and Dupe Age County a message! It is something people have to rethink!

    Remember the account of Sodom and Gomorrah and if God would have found minimal righteous people in addition to Lot and his family the city would have been spared. Maybe there is a parallel at least in part!!!

    One thing is clear and that is that when disasters like this hit it affects minimally the whole nation not just those locals minimally with tax dollars!”