Stars of Discovery's 'Storm Chasers' killed in Oklahoma tornado
From left to right: Carl Young and Tim Samaras monitor severe storm conditions in this undated photo. | Credit: facebook.com/RipTimPaulSamarasAndCarlYoung
"Being close to a tornado is one of those incredible, fleeting moments that sometimes you have to take a couple of seconds to take in," he said.
"You can see in detail the tornado, the wind flow; you can actually hear it. And the sounds are different. If [the tornado is] in an open field, it sounds like a waterfall. If it's in a populated area, it becomes more of a thundering sound.
"And then actually even the smell of tornadoes — if you're in the right place, you get a strong odor of fresh-cut grass, or occasionally, if it's destroyed a house, natural gas. Sometimes you get that raw earth smell, similar to if you run a bulldozer over open land."
In a statement, Terry Garcia, executive vice president of the National Geographic Society, expressed his sadness over the loss of Tim.
"Tim was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning in the field in an effort to better understand these phenomena," he said. "The National Geographic Society made 18 grants to Tim for research over the years for field work like he was doing in Oklahoma at the time of his death, and he was one of our 2005 Emerging Explorers."
To understand more about the man and his love of researching storms, check out this video narrated by Tim Samaras below.
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