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November 12, 1988
Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
May 31, 2013 (aged 55)
El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.

Funeral services for scientific storm chasers Tim and Paul Samaras, who were killed Friday when a massive, multiple-vortex tornado changed direction, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mission Hills Church, 620 SouthPark Drive in Littleton.

Tim Samaras, 55, and his son, Paul, 24, died as they chased a severe tornado bearing down on the Oklahoma City area. Their colleague meteorologist Carl Young, 45, also died in the storm.

The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday used Doppler radar information to update its assessment of the tornado near El Reno, Okla. The storm now is rated F5, the the most severe classification, with winds in excess of 200 mph. The tornado was a record 2.6 miles wide and moved 16.2 miles, The Daily Oklahoman reported Tuesday.

According to weather service records, there have been 14 F5 tornadoes in Oklahoma in 108 years, including the storm that roared through Moore two weeks before, killing 24 people.

The University of Oklahoma’s RaXPol system — a rapid-scan, polarimetric, mobile Doppler radar — measured winds greater than 295 mph at several times and locations within 500 feet of the ground along the south side of subvortices on the south side of the tornado, the Oklahoman reported.

The tornado was especially unusual because it had multiple vortexes.

Tim Samaras was best known as one of the stars of the Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers,” which ended last year.

He also was a founder of the Lakewood-based tornado research project Twistex and served as the group’s operations director. An engineer, he designed instruments used to gather storm data from the core of tornadoes, including pressure, wind, temperature and humidity readings, as well as photographic evidence.

Tim Samaras was born in Lakewood on Nov. 12, 1957. He was the son of Paul and Margaret Samaras. He attended Lasley Elementary and O’Connell Junior High, and graduated from Alameda High School in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Bennett; daughters Amy Gregg, and her husband George Gregg, and their children Alyssa and Jayden, and Jennifer Scott, and her husband Brendan Scott; his brothers Jack Samaras and his wife, Mary Lou, and their children Teresa Samaras and Brett Chywski, Jim Samaras and his wife, Lora, and their children Michael, Carissa and Michelle. He also is survived by Matt Winter, as well as an aunt, Gloria Urtel, and uncle, Charles Reynolds.

Paul Samaras was born Nov. 12, 1988 in Lakewood, the son of Tim and Kathy Samaras. He attended Patterson Elementary and O’Connell Middle School. He graduated from Alameda High in 2007. He earned a certificate in animation from Animation Mentor and worked as a photographer and videographer for Twistex.