Each Groundhog Day, The Weather Discovery Center honors individuals who have advanced the knowledge of weather science, climatology, and meteorology.
As Hall of Fame members, they help to represent and advance the mission of the Weather Discovery Center, which is to help visitors explore and understand the science behind weather phenomena.
Join us in February as we induct our newest Hall of Fame member!
2014 Inductee: Tim Samaras
For his dedication and passion to tornado research, the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center will posthumously honor Tim Samaras, an engineer and storm chaser who lost his life in the May 31, 2013 Oklahoma twister outbreak, as the 2014 Meteorologist Hall of Fame inductee. The induction ceremony will be at 1 p.m. on Groundhog Day.
Samaras designed and built his own probes, which he would place in the path of a tornado to measure data inside the funnel. His research also included a focus on lightning. Samaras founded a field research team called Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment or TWISTEX. The team, whose work was funded in large part by the National Geographic Society, sought to better understand tornadoes. Severe weather expert with The Weather Channel, Dr. Greg Forbes, called Samaras “a groundbreaker in terms of the kind of research he was doing on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.” Click here for more about Tim Samaras and his Hall of Fame induction.