Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras's Interview, Hours Before His Death
National Geographic radio spoke to Tim Samaras shortly before the storm chaser's death.
"[Scientists] know their topic and they're very passionate about what they do," said Justin O'Neill, a radio producer with National Geographic Weekend. "[However,] they're not always the most effusive."
Except for Samaras—he was a great guy with a good sense of humor, said O'Neill, who worked with Samaras several times. "I feel awful for his family, and I know that he'll be missed as an Explorer and colleague at National Geographic."
The following interview started at 12:45 p.m. EDT on the day Samaras died, ending around 1 p.m. EDT. It has been edited for length and content. According to reports, confirmed sightings of the tornado near El Reno, Oklahoma, occurred at 6:06 p.m. CDT.
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