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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
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    ***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

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  • 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 […]

  • SNOW DAY: 2 to 4 Inches Sunday

    **A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for much of Central Iowa from 3 AM Sunday until Midnight Monday morning*** Overnight tonight clouds will continue to build in and light snow will start up in Western Iowa. By dawn, light snow showers or flurries are likely in Central Iowa, with steady snow picking up after 7 pm. While the snow will remain relatively light, it will last nearly all day, allowing some moderate accumulations to pile up, especially in Northern […]

  • COLD & SNOW: Dangerous Chill Tonight, Snow Sunday

    Tonight, a wind chill advisory will be in place over Northern Iowa. Wind Chills of -15 to -20 are likely, so make sure to not leave any exposed skin if you plan to be outdoors. Temperatures are going to remain very cold through the weekend with highs in the teens. By Sunday a good chance for snow will return to the state. While the snow will generally be light in intensity, it may last from very early Sunday into early […]

  • ARCTIC BLAST: Dangerous Cold Arriving

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  • SHARP CONTRAST: Mild Weather Will Turn Cold

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  • COLD LURKING: Mild Weather Won’t Last

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  • MILD WEEKEND: 40s To Stick Into Next Week

    Overnight tonight mild temperatures will take hold across the state. Lows will be in the mid to upper-20s as light south winds set up a warm Saturday. Highs to start the weekend will be in the mid-40s with plenty of sunshine. Sunday will be a little bit cooler, with highs around 40. Late Sunday night, light snow will be possible, especially over northern Iowa. Temperatures will remain in the 40s through Tuesday, with colder weather and a chance for rain […]

  • WARMING UP: Mild Weekend Forecast

    Happy Thanksgiving! Overnight tonight temperatures will be in the teens, though winds will be light, so Black Friday shoppers won’t experience anything too extreme. Midnight: 19°, NE 0-5 mph 3AM: 17°, E 0-5 mph 6AM: 16°, SE 0-5 mph Friday will have warmer temperatures continuing to work into the state. South winds will push highs to near 40 degrees, and well into the 40s on Saturday. Expect a mild weekend with only slight chances of overnight flurries.

  • FREEZING DRIZZLE: Roads Slick Overnight

    Tonight temperatures will remain fairly steady, or even slightly rise after midnight. Freezing drizzle will develop after 10 pm however, and this could make a few slick spots by early morning. By daybreak Monday freezing drizzle may change back to light snow, with no accumulation expected, other than some slick spots on the roads. Warmer weather is in store with highs back to the 30s by Monday afternoon. Much colder weather returns on Tuesday, with highs only in the 20s. […]


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