Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb

Bio

As a resident of Oklahoma, Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb is centrally located in the heart of tornado alley. Each spring he travels thousands of miles in pursuit of severe and unusual weather. While a good day of structure or big hail is exciting, nothing compares to the grand prize of storm chasers: the Tornado. To date, Ben has witnessed approximately 200 tornadoes.

Chickasha, OK 5/24/2011

Ben Holcomb spent the first 25 years of his life in Lansing, Michigan where he became fascinated with severe weather. While he ultimately chose a career in Information Technology, he has still managed to tie it in with weather. Ben learned all of his meteorological knowledge through internet research and experience. He has no formal weather education.

In 2007, Ben began chasing storms outside of Michigan. He also became involved with bringing live video streaming technology from storm chasers to the public. This merging of weather and technology lead him to move to Oklahoma in 2010. Ben worked for a private weather company before spending time at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology as an IT Professional He now works for an Oklahoma-based company as a Cloud/Linux Engineer.

Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb being interviewed on CNN the day after the Moore, Oklahoma EF-5 Tornado May 21, 2013
Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb being interviewed on CNN the day after the Moore, Oklahoma EF-5 Tornado May 21, 2013

Contributions

Ben has worked with numerous media outlets from local TV stations to national news networks and had his storm chaser video shown worldwide. He helped put together the SPC Video Lecture Series and the Tornado Forecasting Workshop while working at The University of Oklahoma. Ben was a member of RACES in the Lansing area and ran the county Skywarn program. Ben has also assisted with international weather installations in Thailand, Indonesia, and Dubai.

Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb Track Map

This map utilizes my last known SpotterNetwork location. The map updates locations automatically when I am active.

Latest Chases

  • May 4, 2022 - Multiple tornadoes including wedges in Eastern Oklahoma. Witnessed the Seminole Oklahoma Tornado (342 Miles)
  • May 2, 2022 - Multiple intense supercells in Oklahoma with some local photo ops (399 Miles)
  • April 29, 2022 - Strong tornado rips through Andover, Kansas (395 Miles)
  • April 23, 2022 - An intense supercell rolls through Oklahoma City metro area on a Saturday evening (174 Miles)
  • April 22, 2022 - Insane surface winds lead to a dust storm that makes it almost impossible to see storms. (1302 Miles)
  • April 13, 2022 - Moderate Risk bust in Arkansas (668 Miles)
  • April 12, 2022 - Tornado near Cyclone Texas and ended up getting cored near Briary (717 Miles)
  • April 11, 2022 - Supercell in Eastern Oklahoma tracks north of scenic Talimena Drive (464 Miles)
  • March 21, 2022 - Tornadic supercells near Austin (1038 Miles)
  • March 5, 2022 - Just missed Winterset Iowa tornado on an early season fast storm motion day. (1128 Miles)

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