Bio

As a resident of Oklahoma, 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.

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.

Ben Holcomb in front of the Chickasha Tornado May 24, 2011
Storm Chaser Ben Holcomb in front of the Chickasha, Oklahoma Tornado on the evening of May 24, 2011. This tornado was rated EF-4.

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 remotely for a managed service provider as a Linux Engineer.

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 OU. Ben has also assisted with international weather installations in Thailand, Indonesia, and Dubai

Track Map

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

Latest Chases

  • October 12, 2021 - Daytime supercell in Southwest Oklahoma and night time Clinton Oklahoma Tornado (458 Miles)
  • October 10, 2021 - Intense shortwave produces outflow dominant supercell in southwest Oklahoma (351 Miles)
  • May 27, 2021 - Quick trip up to north Edmond for surging outflow supercells north of the boundary. (171 Miles)
  • May 24, 2021 - Close intercept to a tornado near the town of Selden in northwest Kansas (746 Miles)
  • May 23, 2021 - Underwhelming storms in Colorado on a meridional flow day. (917 Miles)
  • May 17, 2021 - Beautiful LP Supercell west of Lubbock drops a tornado after dark while tending to a chaser car accident. (696 Miles)
  • May 16, 2021 - Tornado warned supercells crash into each other in Southern Oklahoma. (343 Miles)
  • May 8, 2021 - Multiple high based supercells in Central and Northern Kansas (606 Miles)
  • April 28, 2021 - I drove all the way south of I-20 to end up with a hail storm back at home. (561 Miles)
  • April 27, 2021 - Hail and Structure in North Texas including a beautiful updraft near Electra. (504 Miles)

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