Ben McMillan started storm chasing during his high school years growing up in Pella, Iowa and it has stuck with him ever since. Focusing on a career in public service, Ben has worked in law enforcement, for several hospitals, and currently works in the Fire/EMS system in Phoenix, Arizona.
After witnessing the many severe storms growing up in rural Iowa, Ben chose to combine his interests of public service and weather by becoming a professional storm chaser. While enrolled at Iowa State University, Ben worked for the campus police department and co-founded Iowa State’s student news program “Newswatch 18” frequently contributing weather videos to the show.
In 2008, Ben tracked and witnessed Iowa’s last EF-5 tornado, the strongest type of tornado that can be recorded by scientists.
Ben was credited as being one of the initial storm spotters that tracked the storm, and helped alert the town of Parkersburg a tornado was coming its way.
Ben worked for KCCI television in Des Moines before joining the WeatherNation team, and has been featured in several Emmy-nominated and/or Emmy winning news stories. Ben was also honored by companies such as Ford and Red Bull in their portrayal of people making a difference in their communities through service-oriented jobs.
In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family in Arizona, their horse and several dogs. Ben is also an aviation enthusiast who hopes to someday get his pilot’s license, and loves being in the great outdoors.
Q&A with Ben McMillan
NASA Astronaut Robert Kimbrough is no Julia Child but his PB&J is still pretty stellar How to Make a PB&J in Space… https://t.co/akFRtrGXI63 hours ago by WeatherNation
Winter seems far from over in portions of the West and Upper Midwest with snow and ice ahead -… https://t.co/5smCw6Ttgx5 hours ago by WeatherNation
Happy Tuesday! A look at today's high temperatures: https://t.co/OCgepofiTU10 hours ago by WeatherNation
A construction crane fell into the Holston River in Weber City, VA as heavy rain fell and flooding hit the area.… https://t.co/DGkNDkik5s24 April by WeatherNation
More than 7" of rain has fallen in parts of the Mid Atlantic, producing flooding problems. More rain ahead tonight… https://t.co/CKostOfJYa24 April by WeatherNation
Heavy rains brought flooding across parts of Tennessee. This out of the Fountain City neighborhood in Knoxville. 🎥… https://t.co/PRu4RJyv6A24 April by WeatherNation