Ben grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in meteorology. He currently works on a programming language tailored for scientists at Harris Geospatial Solutions in Boulder.
On the evening of June 4 2015, an EF3 tornado developed just north of Longmont. This is the only documented EF3 (or higher) strength tornado in Boulder County. Fortunately, it rolled through farmland and no one was injured. The same night, hail ranging in size from golf balls to tennis balls fell along a line stretching from Longmont to Lyons.