Growing up a Mid-Michigan native, Ben Holcomb experienced severe weather in many forms, which sparked his interest in weather and storm chasing. 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.
His scariest moment chasing came in South Dakota in 2010 where the road Ben and his friends were chasing on ended, and they had to bail into a farmers field to escape tornadoes. The cops and farmer were unhappy, but everyone survived.
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.
- May 20, 2019 - Intense tornado near Mangum, Oklahoma (500 Miles)
- May 18, 2019 - Shelf cloud in Northern Oklahoma (387 Miles)
- May 7, 2019 - Funnel in Custer County, Oklahoma (474 Miles)
- April 13, 2019 - Moderate risk bust in Louisiana (1139 Miles)
- August 19, 2018 - Impromptu chase on the way back from KC. Missed tornado in SW Missouri. (616 Miles)
- August 14, 2018 - Multiple supercells in the Oklahoma City metro area (111 Miles)
- May 29, 2018 - Supercell along OK/KS Border fails to produce (398 Miles)
- May 19, 2018 - Outflow Boundary fails to produce in Osage County (303 Miles)
- May 13, 2018 - Brief hail and funnel in Texas Panhandle (568 Miles)
- March 26, 2018 - Extremely poor performing sub severe storms in North Texas (503 Miles)