Growing up a Mid-Michigan native, Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb experienced severe weather in many forms, which sparked his interest in weather. At age 20, Ben took interest in Amateur Radio (Callsign WX8BEN) and the Lansing, MI Skywarn program. It wasn’t until 2 years later in the fall of 2007 that Ben would begin actively chasing storms and tornadoes. His first chase was October 18, 2007 where he witnessed a funnel cloud near the town of Fulton in Northern Indiana.
Ben relocated from Lansing, MI to Norman, OK in the summer of 2010 to be closer to the “action” of tornado alley. His first tornado came on May 2nd, 2008 near Memphis in the town of Turrell, Arkansas. To date, Ben has seen over 175 tornadoes and driven over 100,000 miles in pursuit of observing tornadoes.
His scariest moment chasing came in South Dakota in 2010 where the road Ben and his friends were chasing on ended. They had to bail into a farmers field to escape a tornado coming down the road. The cops and farmer were unhappy, but everyone survived. May 24, 2011 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma is Ben’s favorite chase of all time.
Ben has worked with numerous media outlets from local TV stations to national news networks and had his storm video shown worldwide.
Ben also helped put together the SPC Video Lecture Series and the Tornado Forecasting Workshop while he was working at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology. He also assisted with international weather installations in Thailand, Indonesia, and Dubai while working for Norman-based Weather Decision Technologies.
- January 10, 2020 - A busted chase on a moderate risk January day in North Texas (548 Miles)
- June 23, 2019 - Storms line out very fast in marginal shear supportive of supercells (443 Miles)
- June 22, 2019 - Storms fail to maintain organization in a weakly sheared environment (358 Miles)
- June 18, 2019 - Tornado warned supercell in Osage County, OK (371 Miles)
- May 28, 2019 - Supercell from Northwest Oklahoma City to east of Guthrie (200 Miles)
- May 27, 2019 - Chance of supercells in western Oklahoma fails to initiate. (386 Miles)
- May 26, 2019 - A tornado near Clayton, NM (787 Miles)
- May 25, 2019 - Multiple delays lead to missing a tornado in the Texas Panhandle by 5 minutes (587 Miles)
- May 24, 2019 - Bust after work near Wichita Mountains (229 Miles)
- May 20, 2019 - Intense tornado near Mangum, Oklahoma (467 Miles)