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.
In the summer of 2015, wildfires burned rampant across much of the western United States, particularly California, Oregon, and Washington. Several states saw their largest and most destructive fires ever. Colorado was largely spared due to a VERY wet spring.