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Monday, November 4, 2013


Paul Samaras, left and Carl Young. 
“THE LAST CHASE”National Geographic’s Robert Draper has written a dramatic and chilling narrative of the last days of weather scientist Tim Samaras and his son, Paul and colleage Carl Young.   It is riveting journalism from National Geographic:

Tim Samaras
“...It’s shortly after six in the evening on May 31, 2013. Sitting in the passenger seat of the white Chevrolet Cobalt, the 55-year-old, bookishly handsome storm chaser momentarily gapes at the video camera that the driver of the car is pointing at his face. Then he looks back through the window at the outskirts of El Reno, Oklahoma. The wheat fields are eerily aglow and shudder from a vicious wind. No more than two miles away from the car, twin funnel clouds spiral downward from an immensity of blackness. What we hear in the man’s voice on the videotape is not quite terror. Nor, however, do his words sound clinically factual, in the manner of the scientist he happens to be.

‘Oh, my God. This is gonna be a huge one,’ he says...”

You’ll find the rest of the story and the video on the following National Geographic web address:

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