Ben Jacobi has been interested in severe weather ever since he was a kid growing up in Iowa Park, TX. He chased his first storm when he was 20 years old. He even started studying meteorology so that he could understand more.
Another of Jacobi's passions is photography. The self-taught photographer is currently the co-president of the Red River Photography Club and a member of the Red River Image Cooperative.
When Ben Jacobi's passions intersect, really amazing things happen. Jacobi drives hundreds of miles each year chasing storms and capturing photos. His pictures have been shown in galleries around Texas and he's been published in Nature's Best Photography Magazine and the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review.
These 17 photos show some of the incredible things he's captured in Oklahoma and Texas. Each photo has a caption from Ben Jacobi describing the scene. You can find out more about Ben Jacobi, buy prints, and see even more of his photography at BDJPhoto.com.
Quanah, TX | May 16, 2015
A rotating supercell gains strength as it crosses the Red River. Reports of baseball size hail were reported with this storm.
Elaisville, TX | May 17, 2013
Photogenic tornado touches down in Elaisville, TX.
Altus, OK | March 31, 2015 Henrietta, TX | May 7, 2015
Incredible storm structure with striated updraft and “beaver tail” inflow band. These are often good indications the storm is intensifying.
Archer City, TX | May 19, 2015
A nocturnal tornado briefly spins up south of Archer City, TX (bottom left). Night tornadoes can be especially dangerous because they are difficult to see. I was only able to see the tornado when lightning struck close by.
Archer City, TX | May 7, 2015
While chasing this storm I came across this shed with the Texas flag painted on the side and I knew I had to stop and get a shot. After several minutes of failure, I decided to make on last capture before blasting south to avoid the hail core. When I opened my camera’s shutter, lightning burst from the vault of the storm giving me a fantastic shot.
Goodnight, TX | April 22, 2010
This beautiful tornado crosses US Highway 287 in the Texas panhandle. I made this image during the rope out stage of the tornado. It started out as a thick stovepipe and shrank into this skinny rope as it came closer to 287.
Putnam, OK | July, 12 2010
Monstrous high precipitation supercell and stunning “stacked plates” structured mesocyclone in western Oklahoma. This is by far the most dramatic and amazing storm structure I have ever witnessed. This beast of a storm was producing softball size hail and over 80 mph wind gusts and there is no telling what danger is lurking behind that hail core.
Petrolia, TX | April 10, 2016
Lightning bursts from the upper levels of a severe warned storm behind a starry night sky.
South of Mankins, TX | April 19, 2016
A menacing shelf cloud plows its way along US 82 east towards Mankins, TX.
Walters, OK | April 10, 2016
A supercell struggles to survive as it encounters a stable air mass. The atmosphere choked the supply of warm unstable air to this storm causing it to quickly deteriorate and eventually die out.
Palo Pinto, TX | April 18, 2015 Memphis, TX | June 1, 2009
Stunning shelf cloud at sunset near the small town of Memphis, TX. The storm would go on to produce some gusty winds and an intense gustnado that you can see forming on the left side of the frame.
Lockett, TX | June 25, 2014
Jaw-dropping structure of a shelf cloud/updraft moving in on the community of Lockett, TX. This image is comprised of 14 photos that are stitched together to create this uniqe
panoramic view of the storm.
Stormy SunsetHighway 83 between Paducah and Guthrie, TX | April 16, 2016
Picturesque scene of an updraft base backlit by a brilliant sunset. A few miles down the road 1.75”-2.50” hail was covering highway 83. A snowplow was called out to clear the highway.
Scotland, TX | May 7, 2014
A very low rotating wall cloud hangs ominously over Scotland, TX and Lake Arrowhead. While this storm did produce a few brief funnels there were never any tornadoes sighted with this storm. It did however, dump significant amounts of large hail and heavy rain.
Waurika Lake, OK | May 13, 2016
A distant thunderstorm in Marlow, OK shoots off a bolt of lightning that reflects in the calm waters of Waurika Lake.