This is Carl Young's bio on the Discovery Channel website: "Although Carl is a native Californian, he was called east in 2000 after a spell working on Hollywood film crews. He decided to take off on a two month storm chasing adventure in the Great Plains hoping to catch a glimpse of a few tornadoes but ending up with over a dozen twister encounters. Experiencing the raw force of nature in Nebraska was unlike any pyrotechnic display on a high-tech Hollywood set! This inspiration led Carl to the study of tornado dynamics and ultimately a master's degree in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno. While attending a meteorological conference, Carl met Tim Samaras who encouraged him to collect meteorological data from inside tornadoes as the principal focus of his thesis research. Every spring since 2003, Carl has headed out with Tim, and together the team has tracked down over 125 tornadoes.
"Carl's finest moment came on June 11, 2004, near Storm Lake, Iowa. Working with Tim, they defied the odds and deployed their probes right in the path of a tornado. The six-camera video probe captured amazing footage from multiple angles while the sensor probe recorded data that revealed just how fast wind speeds are close to the ground. Since then Carl remains eternally optimistic that they can repeat the same feat despite the huge challenges for successful deployments."
Young taught geology on occasion at Lake Tahoe Community College. He was one of the school's distinguished alumni. He earned a bachelor's in economics at Cal and a master's in atmospheric science at UNR.
He worked for a while at the League to Save Lake Tahoe on the program team.
"Carl was a very good analyst and passionate about Lake Tahoe and doing the right thing to protect the environment. He had lot of integrity and concerns for things being done the right way," John Friedrich told Lake Tahoe News. Friedrich hired Young.
Young took over as program director at the League when Friedrich left.
"Carl did lot of good for Lake Tahoe and the world. He wanted to make the world a better place and gave a lot of himself to make things better," Friedrich said.
Gary K's personal NOTE:
"I knew Carl well and as a matter of fact over dinner one night at our house he claimed that the Tahoe Twister motivated him to go back to school, study meteorology, and inspire him in his life's passion. This is an honor ( I think)"
Link to this NBC NEWS article and slideshows.
Weather scientist Tim Samaras, his son, photographer Paul Samaras, and meteorologist Carl Young were killed by a powerful tornado that struck Oklahoma City over the weekend. NBC's Mark Potter reports, and The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes tells TODAY's Al Roker about narrowly surviving the same storm.
By M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News
Three professional "storm chasers" were among the 13 people who died in the tornadoes that ripped through the Oklahoma City area Friday, the research project they ran confirmed Sunday.
Tim Samaras, 55, founder of the tornado research project, called Twistex, based in Lakewood, Colo.; his son Paul, 24; and their chase partner, Carl Young, 45, all died after they were overtaken by a multiple-vortex tornado that sharply changed direction near El Reno, Okla., The Weather Channel first reported.
Twistex confirmed the news Sunday in a statement.
"This is a devastating loss to the meteorological, research and storm chasing communities," Twistex meteorologist Tony Laubach said in the statement. "... There is some comfort in knowing these men passed on doing what they loved."
Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West told NBC News that the men were in a small Chevrolet that was found upright in a ditch about a mile from Interstate 40 southeast of El Reno. Deputies said the vehicle looked as if it had been put through a trash compactor.
One body was found a quarter-mile away, a second was found a quarter-mile away in the opposite direction and the third was found inside the car. The engine was thrown a half-mile away, and the front wheels were ripped off.
The Twistex researchers were prominent members of an odd, close-knit community of meteorologists and storm chasers who race to the locations of major tornadoes, hoping to gather scientific data and record the massive funnel clouds on film and video.
The Samarases were well known to TV viewers, having been prominent subjects of the Discovery Channel series "Storm Chasers" and frequent contributors to The Weather Channel. They weren't working for either channel last week, both networks said.
The Weather Channel — a unit of NBCUniversal — said in a statement Sunday that many of its meteorologists had worked with the Samarases and Young "and have great admiration for their work," which it said "will help to save countless lives."
Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert for The Weather Channel, called Tim Samaras a "pioneer in terms of taking scientific measurements."
While radar is a vital tool, "we need to know what happens right down at ground level," and Samaras was "a groundbreaker in terms of the kind of research he was doing," Forbes said.
"It's a tremendous loss to the community," he said.
A fourth storm chaser in the same area was also seriously injured Friday when the SUV of a crew led by Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes was blown over and flipped several times before coming to rest in a field 200 yards away.
The driver of the SUV, Austin Anderson, suffered several broken bones and is expected to undergo surgery in the next few days, The Weather Channel said.
"As soon as I felt the vehicle tumble, I knew we were in trouble," Bettes said Sunday on TODAY.
"I just saw my wife's face and I thought, 'You know, that's my life; I don't want to give that up just yet,'" he said.
Terry Pickard of NBC News contributed to this report.
Carl Young of South Lake Tahoe died May 31 chasing a tornado in Oklahoma.
The three died while tracking the EF3 tornado that ripped through El Reno, Okla., on May 31.