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Oh, this is really interesting–a well-researched look into what went wrong leading to the chaser deaths during the El Reno tornado. The video starts by tracking the actions of chaser vehicles that were impacted by the storm, then provides a beautifully documented-on-film eyewitness account showing 1) how deceptively easy it was to be taken unawares by a tornado 2 ½ miles across, and 2) how dangerous the news broadcasts to “flee the city” could’ve been if the tornado had developed slightly further east. Video footage begins at around 10:00, and might give some insight into the complexity and decision-making involved with professional stormchasing.

(If you’re at home when a tornado hits, stay there! Don’t try to leave the city! Traffic jams are not a good place to be in severe weather.)

I can barely breathe from my crying

I’ve always been scared of storms and tornadoes since I was a baby. My fear was to a point that I became hysterical and couldn’t even speak. After I faced my first tornado, my parents knew my fear was much worse than the average person. They encouraged me to learn about the storms, and oh I did.

I read books, did research, and even found myself checking weather readings in the backyard. I was no longer scared, but rather fascinated by them. The reading and all wasn’t enough, I wanted more. And right when I felt like that, Storm Chasers started airing, and I watched.

I dreamed of being a storm chaser like them, they were my heros. I was still young, but I did everything I could to do experiments and collect data like them. None of my theories could be proven true.

I grew older and stopped collecting data, but I found myself always running towards the storm instead of away from it. Especially with the storms we’ve had lately, I stood outside with all the chaos, just like my heroes on Storm Chasers.

So you can only imagine my reaction to learning that 3 of my heroes lost their life to a tornado.

I am saddened by the loss, and my prayers go out to their families. Tim, Paul, and Carl helped a little girl conquer her fears and helped educate millions about natures fury. You have saved so many lives, and on behalf of everyone, I thank you deeply.

RIP Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras, and Carl Young