Jun 3, 2013 10:49 PM by Connie Murphy

Colleagues stunned by loss of storm chaser

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) - Colleagues of Colorado storm chasing guru Tim Samaras are stunned that someone so careful would be among the first scientific researchers killed while chasing tornadoes.

Samaras' son Paul and researcher Carl Young were also killed with him in Friday's storm in Oklahoma.

Storm chasers Ed Grubb of Thornton and Ben McMillan of Des Moines, Iowa last worked with Samaras in 2011 on the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers".

In addition to tracking the weather, they said Samaras spent hours developing safe escape routes and rendezvous points should they have to pull back.

Grubb recalled that Samaras turned down a chance to chase a slow-moving tornado in Kansas last month because of poor road conditions. He said Samaras also wouldn't chase a tornado if heavy rain obscured the funnel cloud.


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