Ben grew up in Lansing, MI before moving to his current home of Norman, Oklahoma in 2010. While growing up in Mid-Michigan, Ben became very interested in weather. Some higher impact events such as the Great Lakes Derecho of May 31, 1998, May 3, 1999 and the first SPC High Risk in Michigan on October 24, 2001 lead him to join Skywarn and obtain his amateur radio license in the spring of 2005. By 2007, Ben had taken over as head of Lansing Skywarn.
Meanwhile, Ben had pursued a career in Information Technology and was employed full time at a datacenter in the Lansing-area. On October 18, 2007, Ben went on his first real storm chase, ending up in Northern Indiana on his first classic supercell near Fulton, Indiana where he witnessed a funnel cloud. From there on, he was hooked. His first tornado came on May 2nd, 2008 near Memphis in the small town of Turrell, Arkansas.
His scariest moment chasing came in South Dakota in 2010 where the road Ben and his chasing friends were chasing on ended, and they had to bail into a farmers field to escape tornadoes coming at them down the road. After the 2010 chase season, Ben was offered a job to join a private weather company in Norman, Oklahoma and moved to the heart of tornado alley.
Since moving, he has witnessed numerous high impact tornado events across the southern and central plains including his only EF-5 tornado 7 miles from home in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013.
Ben currently works for the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology as an IT Specialist and has been instrumental in the creation of the SPC torcast and the SPC Video Lecture Series currently available on the SPC website.
Ben has worked with numerous media outlets from local TV stations to national news networks and had his storm video shown worldwide.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys visiting national parks, whale watching, landscape and wildlife photography, riding roller coasters, BBQ’s, fishing, computers and rockets.