Severe Weather Alerts

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.

Recent Articles
  • WARM WEATHER: More Warmth, Storms Monday

    Overnight, the strong southerly wind will hold temperatures up in the 50s for a very mild overnight. It will also push in some moisture for showers and thunderstorms on Monday. There will be more clouds along with showers and isolated storms early Monday. We will have a break mid-day from the rain, but more showers and a few storms look to re-develop in during the afternoon. Storms may begin along I-35 or just into Western Iowa, but as the storms develop and […]

  • WARM WEATHER: Beautiful Day Tomorrow

    Overnight tonight temperatures will remain mild with lows around 40 degrees. Sunday looks fantastic for those that really want to get outside. Highs are going to be in the low to middle 70s for many with upper 70s not out of the question for Western Iowa. But winds will be quite strong. We will have a strong southerly wind with gusts up to 35 mph at times. The start of the week looks nice as far as temperatures go, but […]

  • BIG WARMUP: 60s & 70s On Sunday

    Overnight tonight skies will begin to slowly clear out, though lows will once again be chilly, bottoming out in the upper-20s. A nice warm up is in the forecast beginning tomorrow. Highs should hit the mid-50s with plenty of sunshine. Sunday looks to be even warmer and windy with temperatures soaring into the 60s across much of Central Iowa. More rain will move across the state on Monday with thunderstorms possible as well. There is also a chance for a […]

  • RAIN & STORMS: Wet Opener To Warm Weekend

    Most of the rain has moved out of the state. Dry, but very windy conditions will  hold on for the rest of the overnight. Another cool but dry day is in store on Friday before a nice warm up is forecast beginning on Saturday. Sunday looks to be warm and windy with temperatures soaring into the 60s across much of central Iowa.

  • RAIN TOMORROW: Gusty Wind Tonight

    Overnight tonight showers will move into the state. Rain chances increase on Thursday with a few thunderstorms possible as well in the afternoon. Winds will be breezy as well, with gusts to 25 mph possible. As a cold front pushes into the state, some areas could see a change from rain to snow late, mainly north of Highway 30. Snow totals would generally be less than 1″. Friday and Saturday will return to partly cloudy skies, with slightly cooler weather […]

  • SNOW RETURNS: 1-3″ Monday

    Overnight tonight skies will become cloudy as snow moves into the state for Monday. Snow will start early in the morning and continue into the afternoon across most of Central Iowa. A lot of snow will melt as it falls and most accumulations will occur in grassy areas. Still, accumulations of 1-3″ are likely, with the highest totals over the NE half of the state. In Des Moines, totals of 1 or 2″ are likely. Even though the snow may […]

  • SNOW RETURNS: Accumulations South Of I-80

    Tonight snow will push south across the state. We will see accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow, but much of it will melt as it hits the ground. Accumulations are only expected south of I-80. In Des Moines, only a half inch to 1″ of snow is expected. Totals from 2 to 2.5″ are possible from Lamoni/Osceola to Ottumwa. There may be some slick roads early Sunday, but with the warm ground temperatures and highs around 32 on […]

  • RECORD COLD: Frigid Monday Morning

    Dangerously cold temperatures will shatter records across the state night. Overnight lows around Des Moines will be near -12, with the old record for Monday at -6 set in 1884. Many locations to the NE will shatter records by 10 degrees Monday morning with readings as cold as -20. Highs Monday afternoon will remain 30 degrees below normal, just barely making it into double digits under mostly sunny skies. It will finally warm up some on Tuesday with highs into […]

  • MESSY MONDAY: Icy/Snowy Commute

    ***A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at midnight through noon on Monday for all of Central Iowa.*** Patchy freezing rain and sleet will develop through the overnight in Northwestern Iowa. This will transition to a mix of sleet and snow by 7 AM on Monday in the Des Moines metro. There will be a glaze of ice and then another 1 to 2″ of snow on top of that, with most of the snow falling during the morning commute. […]

  • BLIZZARD WARNING: Wind Gusts 55-60 Sunday

    Snow has been working into the state this evening from the NW. Around a half of an inch to one inch of snow is possible in Des Moines, mainly before midnight. NE Iowa will see 2 to 4 inches of snow. Areas that receive fresh snow tonight will see blizzard conditions tomorrow afternoon and evening. A BLIZZARD WARNING is in place for much of North Central and East Central Iowa for Sunday afternoon and evening. Wind gusts from 50 to […]

  • WINTER WEATHER: Freezing Drizzle Tonight

    A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY is in place until 6am Friday Morning. Periods of light freezing rain or drizzle will be off and on through the overnight. Very minor ice totals are expected, but elevated or untreated surfaces, including bridges and overpasses could become slick. Friday will be much colder and windy. Highs will only be in the 20s. Then the weekend will be the focus of attention. A large storm that will move through the middle sections of the country. […]

  • WINTER BLAST: Snow Piles Up

    ***A Wind Chill Advisory is in place for NW Iowa until Noon Monday.*** 2 to 4″ of snow has accumulated in Central Iowa. Roads remain slick and snow covered. The latest road conditions can be found here. Southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph will cause minor blowing of snow overnight, and wind chills near -10. Highs on Monday will be quite cold with the fresh snow pack, likely in the low-teens or even single digits across the state. Temperatures will […]