Tim Samaras

Tim Samaras


11/12/1957, Lakewood, Colorado



Birth Name

Timothy Samaras


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Samaras lived in the Denver area. At age six, his mother told him to watch "The Wizard of Oz" on his family's television. He became fond of the tornado scene. After that scene ended, Samaras had no interest in the rest of the musical film, not even the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • State Troopers found his body still buckled in the pale Chevrolet Cobalt on the day after the storm struck Oklahoma City. In fact, Samaras was sitting in the passenger's seat before the tornado took his life.

    • The memorial service for both Tim and his son, Paul was held at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, Colorado on June 6, 2013.

    • He did not go to college after graduating from high school.

    • He had the same birthday as his son, Paul (thirty-one years apart).

    • On May 31, 2013, Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young, who through the years contributed massive amounts of data to weather researchers with their work on Team TWISTEX featured on the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, died when an EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 mph turned on them near El Reno, Okla. They were among 13 people who died in the storm in Oklahoma City and its suburbs.

  • Quotes

    • Tim: (from an interview before his death by an EF-3 multivortex wedge tornado) And it better not be a little rope tornado that does it [kills me]. It better be a multivortex or a wedge. I don't want to be taken out by a skinny little rope.

    • Tim: (on the possibility of dying during storm chasing) If something did happen to me or my team out in the field, I'm going to go down getting my data. That's the only reason I chase. It's for the data.