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

  • March 27, 2021 - Followed a supercell from near Oakland to Linden, Tennessee which attempted wrapping up multiple times but never got it done. (784 Miles)
  • March 25, 2021 - A high risk day full of long tracked tornadoes results in a bust (1142 Miles)
  • October 9, 2020 - Hurricane Delta intercept along the Louisiana coast near Jennings. (1366 Miles)
  • July 9, 2020 - Busted chase near Seiling (282 Miles)
  • June 28, 2020 - Storms tried to fire along I-29 at sunset, but capping keeps convection from exploding. Bust. (1451 Miles)
  • June 21, 2020 - Photogenic shelf cloud in Northwest Oklahoma (624 Miles)
  • June 7, 2020 - Storms try really hard but fail to materialize in North Dakota. (677 Miles)
  • June 6, 2020 - Blue sky bust near Winner, South Dakota (473 Miles)
  • June 4, 2020 - Trip to the Dakota's to help a friend move and this is day 1 of 3 busts in a row. (452 Miles)
  • May 27, 2020 - Chasing old school without data for 3 hours to figure out storms are high based, undercut and garbage. (967 Miles)

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