Ben Holcomb
Ben Holcomb

So a little bit about me – I’m in my 30’s and live in Norman, OK. I grew up in Lansing, MI but moved to Oklahoma on my 26th birthday. I have an insane passion for chasing tornadoes, which is mostly what brought me here – That and the hatred for cold and snow. I work in the IT industry as Systems Administrator/Engineer specializing in Linux and just generally nerdy computer stuff.

I became interested in weather at a young age and eventually got into amateur radio and skywarn spotting in 2005. A couple of years later on October 18, 2007 I would go on my first “storm chase” where I witnessed a funnel cloud in Fulton County Indiana on a storm that would later produce an EF-2 tornado in the town of Williamston, MI just 15 miles to the east of my apartment. Since then I have been addicted to seeing the worst mother nature has to offer. I’ve witnessed approximately 175 tornadoes and traveled well over 100,000 miles since 2007 and appeared on most national news outlets at one time or another.

I’m a huge fan of football and hockey. My favorite teams are the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines. I also cheered for the Oklahoma City Barons AHL team when we had it, but they left in 2015 for greener hockey pastures. I try to make it to at least one game for each team each season home or away.

As you can probably tell by visiting this site, I like to travel a lot. I average more than 50 flights a year and drive over 25,000 miles a year to visit all sorts of places in the United States and around the world. I’ve visited each of the 50 states as well as a few countries around the world. I enjoy taking photos with my DSLR camera (Canon 6D) when on trips, although I wouldn’t consider myself much of a photographer. I’ve got a couple flickr accounts, one for storm chasing and another for my travel pictures.

I also like going to concerts. Rock music is my thing, but I’ve been known to go to country shows as well. I’ve got a list of concerts I’ve seen at setlist.fm. My favorite and most notable concert would have to be Black Sabbath’s final show in Birmingham, England in February 2017.