EL RENO, Okla. (AP, KRNV & MyNews4.com) — Three veteran storm chasers were among the 10 people killed when a violent tornado barreled into the Oklahoma City metro area.
Carl Young lived in South Lake Tahoe and received a masters degree in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Young was killed with Tim Samaras and his son Paul Samaras. The men were from Colorado but traveled the Great Plains in search of bad weather.
While attending a meteorological conference, Carl met Tim, who encouraged him to collect meteorological data from inside tornadoes as the principal focus of his thesis research.
Every spring since 2003, the two headed out together and tracked down over 125 tornadoes. Their mission was to help understand why tornadoes form in order to increase warning times in Tornado Alley.
Tim and Carl's work was the subject of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers series, which premiered on October 17, 2007 and ran for five seasons.
The three died Friday night near El Reno when an EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 mph hit the Oklahoma City area during rush hour.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the men were involved in tornado research.
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