13 fascinating facts about Brett McIntyre:
• I have seen a space shuttle launch in person on the beach in Cape Canaveral.
• I once got ride in a stock car around Daytona International Speedway for four laps at 180mph.
• Once, when I was barely old enough to operate a telephone, after seeing the old show "Rescue 911" hosted by William Shatner, I dialed 911 to see if it actually worked and then hung up. Turns out it really did work, the cops even came to the house!
• I am extremely left-handed. Really, my right-hand is virtually useless, except for bowling which I inexplicably do right-handed.
• I enjoy making my famously spicy chili from scratch with my homegrown tomatoes and SEVEN varieties of peppers, including habaneros.
• In the five combined years I wrote for my high school newspaper and the Iowa State Daily, I covered 2 football coaching changes, 2 basketball coaching changes and an athletic director change. Moral of the story... don't let me anywhere near your favorite team's athletic programs.
• I have terrible handwriting and can't draw my way out of a paper bag.
• I have never been hospitalized and am very rarely sick. In fact, I didn't miss a single day of school after sixth grade.
• I am a big fan of playing cards, as well as board games.
• I enjoy working on and fixing computers.
• Experienced a glancing blow from Category 4 Hurricane Charley during the summer of 2004 while on vacation in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
• Spent a week during a summer while in high school hiking and climbing mountains outside of Fort Collins Colorado.
• I can't stand "reality" television.
Meteorologist Brett McIntyre hails from Central Iowa’s Fort Dodge, and joined Channel 13's First Alert Storm Team in July 2008 after studying for four years at Iowa State University.
While at Iowa State, Brett earned a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology and a second four-year degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. During his study of Meteorology, Brett joined fellow students in storm chasing across the state to get in-field experience with Central Iowa’s severe weather.
He also researched and wrote a thesis his senior year on the strength and impacts of atmospheric “caps” on severe thunderstorm and tornadic potential and development in Iowa.
His time at Iowa State also included two internships with Channel 13, one with Channel 13 Sports and another for his entire senior year with Meteorologist Jeriann Ritter, dating his time with the station back to over a year before eventually being hired.
Brett’s taste for storm chasing also had him out chasing storms in northern Iowa on Sunday, May 25th 2008 between graduation and his start at WHO-HD. On that day, his chasing eventually got him on the trail of the storm that produced the devastating EF-5 tornado that leveled portions of Parkersburg.
He was one of the first people into town just minutes after the destruction and helped notify authorities about the severity of the damage and assist where possible in clean-up.
Brett has also attended the Central Iowa NWA’s Severe Storms and Doppler Radar conference in West Des Moines for the past four years. The conference draws meteorologists and emergency managers from across the country and details case studies of significant severe weather events of the past year as well as the latest research and new tools in the field of Meteorology.
13 fascinating facts about Brett McIntyre:
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The WHO-HD Weather Team is monitoring severe weather in parts of Iowa this afternoon. A Tornado Watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for much of central and western Iowa. An area of low pressure, currently located in eastern Nebraska, will move into Iowa with a cold front and a dryline. These two fronts are triggering storms in Central Iowa that are moving to the northeast. Storms will continue to develop and spread across the state into the evening hours. Hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are […]
Overnight breezy east winds will remain in place with temperatures dropping to around 45 in the metro. The work week will start very pleasant with mostly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the upper 60s and lower 70s. Chances of thunderstorms return late Tuesday through early Wednesday morning as a warm front lifts through the state. This will allow temperatures to warm to the mid 80s on Wednesday! Another round of storms is expected on Thursday with some heavy rainfall at […]
Light showers moved through Central Iowa this afternoon. However, with very dry air in place, rainfall totals were than 0.05″ with the showers and sprinkles mainly serving a simply a cloudy interruption of the afternoon sunshine. We cool off into the middle 60s with partly cloudy skies for Sunday. There is also a slight chance of a pop-up shower or two in the morning, mainly in northern Iowa. The real warming begins on Monday with highs expected to be in the middle to upper […]
Strong storms produced damage tonight across SE Iowa, with several possible tornado touchdowns in Davis, Wapello, Monroe and Mahaska counties. In Central Iowa, heavy rain was the main problem with minor street flooding occur in parts of the metro. Overnight tonight rain will begin to subside, with a few more storms possible east of I-35. The main severe weather threat has passed in Central Iowa. Monday will begin dry but more showers and a few storms may fire up again in […]
Overnight tonight a slight chance of thunderstorms will develop in far western Iowa. A strong storm is possible near the Missouri border, but better chances for storms arrive tomorrow. Some isolated showers and storms early Sunday morning will start the day. After a brief break, we will see more storms move in by late afternoon and lasting through the evening. Some storms may produce some hail and damaging winds. Highs will again be near 70. Heavy rain will also be […]
Overnight tonight it will be partly cloudy and mild, with low temperatures around 50 degrees in Des Moines. Saturday will be mostly sunny and breezy to start, with winds out of the east gusting to 30 mph. Highs should again be in the 70s in Des Moines, though clouds will increase through the afternoon. Thunderstorms are possible over western and SW Iowa Saturday evening, and some of the storms could be strong. More storms and heavy rain is expected to […]
Overnight, isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue over the NW half of the state. Rainfall totals will be very spotty, but a few isolated areas could see over a quarter of an inch of rain within storms. A cold front will push through the state on Monday. This will give us our best chance of seeing showers and isolated storms in the Des Moines Metro on Monday morning. Rain totals will be less than a .25″. Thunderstorms will develop in […]
Overnight a few isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers will develop in western and northwest Iowa. Rain should be relatively light, though some of the showers may linger into Sunday mid morning, west of I-35. Rain and storms will redevelop in Western and North Central Iowa Sunday afternoon and eventually drop south late in the evening into Monday morning. While Central Iowa could see a few isolated showers in the morning, the best chance for rain will fall in Western Iowa and […]
Overnight tonight south winds will be steady and keep temperatures from dropping to the chilly levels we’ve seen the last few nights. Lows should be in the 40s across much of the state. Tomorrow south winds will pick up to around 20 mph, with some gusts over 30. These winds will push highs into the 70s for much of the state, with a high around 74 in Des Moines. Showers and thunderstorms will develop to the west Saturday night, and […]
Overnight tonight temperatures will be chilly again with lows well into the 30s across the state. Warmer weather will arrive tomorrow with highs around 60 degrees for much of the state and plenty of sunshine. The weekend will start off even warmer with highs into the mid 70s on the back of a gusty south wind that will approach 30 mph. By Sunday, rain and thunderstorm chances return to the state, especially west of I-35. Severe weather is not expected […]
Overnight tonight mostly cloudy skies will spin into the state along with chilly air once again. Lows will be in the 30s. Thursday will be a bit colder with highs getting stuck in the 40s for most, but it will be a short lived cool spell as the 60s should bounce back over the southern half of the state on Friday, with the rest of the state warm by the weekend. Highs should hit 70 in Des Moines on Saturday, […]