A respectfully written article for people who were my friends and mentors. I'd like to add only one commentary, as one from the insular storm chasing community, Re: "...they leave loved ones and place
themselves at hazard — ... because men have always taken the measure of
themselves against the natural world." There are many women, too, although you rarely see them on TV, or even in the Conventions. But we are here. The woman who was chasing in the DOW, that I spoke with at Tim's funeral, was one of the many meteorologists, technicians, photographers and severe storm spotters who measured the outflow winds. We altogether try to understand these ungodly mesmerizing and unbelievable powers of our violent planet. With Tim and others' research, we thought we had, at least, in some small way, found a margin of safety. And this year, we find... we are as vulnerable as sailors on a tall ship, in an unfathomable storm, in swirling dark seas.