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13 fascinating facts about Ed Wilson:
• I was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho. It cost my parents $7.00. (Just the price of food for my mother at the military hospital.)
• I'm an only child.
• I ran a family popcorn stand on the county courthouse square in Grundy Center, Iowa.
• Listened to WHO Radio every morning before school in Grundy Center. Never thought I would meet and work with the great cornerstones of Iowa broadcasting one day.
• Made it to Iowa State Speech Contest as an 8th grader.
• I was a three-time Iowa All State Choir member.
• In 1980, toured Germany, France, Belgium, England and Holland with the Iowa Youth Choral.
• 1982 Grundy Center High School Senior Class President.
• During college, I was a Baptist youth minister in Conway, Arkansas.
• I have sky dived.
• In 1989, TV 13 anchor, Laurie Groves, introduced me to my wife Angela. (Angela grew up in Marshalltown.)
• Have two children, Faith and Cole.
• While at WHO TV I have lived in West Des Moines, Urbandale and Waukee.
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My grandfather was a meteorologist during WWII. Living in a small town and just a bike ride away from both sets of grandparents was a wonderful gift. It allowed me to grow up with the influence of my extended family. My grandpa Brockway was most special to me. I loved to watch him predict the weather. He was a great prognosticator.

Using the wind, the clouds and observing humidity and temperatures, he could amaze me with his very accurate forecasts. I thought he was the magic weatherman. It sparked my interest in weather and made a huge influence in my decision to become a meteorologist. I still have many of my grandfather’s college text books. They are priceless reminders of my weather heritage.

My first reporting job was with my home town paper. I was a junior in High School and employed by the Grundy Register to report on our wrestling team. I was given the chance to go to follow the Spartans to Des Moines for state championships.

My first job as a forecaster was at KIMT in Mason City. I did weekend weather and reported three days a week for the CBS affiliate.

In September 1988 I was hired as weekend meteorologist and week-day reporter at WHO TV 13 in Des Moines. I soon became the noon and 5 PM meteorologist and co-anchored the Noon show. I have been the Chief Meteorologist for Channel 13 the past 17 years.

Growing up in Iowa and forecasting Iowa weather the last 25 years has given me the first-hand knowledge that is critical in forecasting one of the most diverse climates in the country.

Major storms include:
March Ice Storm 1990 that brought down power lines and left the metro and much of the state without power.

Iowa Blizzards: Over the past 22 years I have forecasted several blizzards that have closed down central Iowa. Both Governor Branstad’s and Culver’s offices have asked for my assistance before closing Interstates and declaring states of emergency. My first major blizzard experience came during the 1973 blizzard that shut down the Grundy Center school system for 2 weeks. (I was in the 5th grade.)

Tornado Outbreaks: Many tornado outbreaks have required me to stay on the air for hours and cover some of the most devastating storms in Iowa’s history.

The Parkersburg tornado that killed 8 people hit just 20 miles from my boyhood home. I was visiting my parents that weekend and drove through the storm to get back to Des Moines and on the air as the tornado moved into northeast Iowa.

I reported on the first F5 tornado that produced wind speeds over 200 miles per hour. It hit Norman, OK in 1993. Our team went to Norman and reported live from that devastation.

Flooding: The major flood of 1993 was one of the most important storms of my career.
WHO TV 13 was covering the Des Moines Grand Prix. This race track included many of the streets in Des Moines.

10 Inches of rain fell in Jefferson, Iowa. The rain came in less than 24 hours and started to run down the Raccoon and Des Moines River basins that feed the confluence of the rivers in Des Moines.

The race cars were driving over the bridges that covered the River in downtown Des Moines. Race officials stopped the Grand Prix when the water was lapping up to the pavement.

I volunteered to stay at the station overnight to keep an eye on the potential flooding. Later that night I was anchoring the story of my life as the city of Des Moines lost its water works and over 250,000 people were told they would not have water by the morning.

I stayed on the air for the first 30 hours. We delivered live reports on one of the biggest stories to ever hit the city of Des Moines. WHO TV stayed on the air, commercial free, through the first week of coverage.

There have been many weather events that have equipped me to be a better meteorologist. I look forward the new strides in weather technology and to the wide weather extremes that WHO HD and Iowa have to offer.


Recent Articles
  • WIND WARNING: 50 mph Gusts

    High Wind Warning is in effect from 6AM to 9PM today. This means sustained wind will be 40 mph. The wind gusts will reach 50+ MPH. There will be a chance for light snow…but blowing snow will be a larger problem. Temperatures will start in the lower 30s…but fall through the day to the single digits. Wind chills will be well below zero late Thursday to early Friday. It will be colder Friday. Highs will only reach the lower 20s. […]

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    MESSY FRIDAY: Mess In The Station

    A winter storm is forming tonight over the Rockies and will move through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri tomorrow. It will mean flurries tomorrow morning, then freezing rain by the afternoon and finally snow by tomorrow night. Travel will be slick by the afternoon and evening. The evening commute will be more difficult. 1″ to 2″ of snow can be expected by Saturday morning. Today during our 5PM news…we heard something very unusual. It sounded like rain was falling in the […]

  • GUSTY WINDS: Extreme Cold Persists

    Steady temperatures tonight. There is still some blowing snow from the gusty south wind. Watch for slick areas that have frozen over after some melting today. Temperatures will start to fall during the daylight hours tomorrow. Highs will be in the middle 20s but will hit zero by early Sunday. There is a Wind Chill Watch for all the viewing area starting late Saturday and continuing through Noon Tuesday. By Monday morning, wind chills will be as low as -40 […]

  • BITTER COLD: Wind Chill Advisory

    Wind chill Advisory is in effect until 11 AM for parts of the state. Today will be windy and a little warmer this afternoon. Highs will quickly warm into the 20s. The south wind will be the force behind some melting. Saturday will start off in the 20s and drop into the teens. There will be a chance for light snow as a cold front marches through the state. The heaviest snow will be in Southeast Iowa. THE BIG headline […]

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    WINTER STORM WARNING: Blowing Snow

    The winter storm warning and advisory have been cancelled. Gusty wind this afternoon and evening will create dangerous wind chills and low visibilities. We have snow reports of 5.9″ at the Des Moines International Airport. West Des Moines reported 3.5″ of snow. Humeston in Wayne County has 8″ of snow. Roads are partially to 100% snow covered over most of central Iowa Check the latest road conditions here. Cold air and strong winds will will lead to blowing snow through […]

  • FRIGID WEEKEND: Snow Expected Sunday

    Extreme cold keeps forcing it’s way into the state. Lows tonight will be below zero….and wind chill factors will hover around -10 to -15. Thankfully the wind will die down by tomorrow morning. Saturday will start off clear. Clouds will increase through the day and highs will only be in the teens. Sunday will bring our only chance for snow this week. Expect snow showers on-and-off through the day. 3″ of snow is expected in Des Moines. 2″ to 5″ […]

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    Flooding For Some…Dry And Dusty For Most…Pictures Of The Day

    Heavy rainfall created flash flooding tonight in northern Iowa. Mason city had over 2″ of rain…so did Waterloo. The clouds around Eldora, Clear Lake and Grundy Center showed the severe weather looming overhead before the heavy rainfall filled in the dry cracks in the ground and filled some ditches between Cerro Gordo to Black Hawk Counties. Thanks to Renee Hoyt, Sarah Raska and Tarra Carlson Here are a few rainfall totals for the night….ending at 11 PM Waterloo…2.35″ Algona…1.67″ Independence…1.64″ […]

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    Crazy Clouds…Damaging Wind…Huge Hail

    It was a pretty eventful evening in Central Iowa. Not that RAGBRAI coming through town wasn’t enough…we had severe storms that rocked northern Iowa and then swept across central Iowa. The wind was blowing down corn and trees. The hail will have insurance adjusters filling out forms the rest of the week. Cris Downey was just one of many who were sending in the amazing Mammatus cloud formations. These clouds that look like a bag of marbles…usually are associated with […]

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    Hello Heat Wave…Couple Showers…Squirrel Pic of the Week

    Here comes the high heat index temps. We are on our way to typical July temperatures and high humidity. You will have the weather you can wear by the morning. We did have some isolated storms move through the southern counties of the state tonight. There was one small storm that tried it’s best to drop some rain west and another east of the metro. If you had the rain…play the lottery. You were the big winners tonight. This was […]

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    WEEKEND WEATHER: No Significant Rain

    Clouds will move through this morning with isolated showers and storms, mainly in western and northern Iowa. Skies will start to see more sunshine this afternoon and temperatures will once again be in the mid to upper 80s. Sunday will be more humid with mostly sunny skies and highs again in the upper 80’s. Our dry streak continues into this week, with most rain chances staying to our west and north.  Highs will remain in the upper 80’s to low […]

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    Half Life Day…Filling The Gap

    Tomorrow will be my “half life” day at WHO TV. My first day at Channel 13 was September 12,1988. The half life calculation was performed by our own Paul Menzel. He was a half lifer too. There is a nice little club of us. Need to get some tee shirts. I dreamed of working for Ch 13. That first day was one of the most exciting of my life. I’m still in awe of the broadcasting legions that put up […]

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    Hail That Looked Like Snow…Repeat Hump Day…Independence Day

    Sometimes it seems like there is never a dull day in the weather center. Today we expected the sunshine and just a slight chance for storms to pop up in the afternoon. Wow! Did they ever pop-up!!! Dull was falling away like the hail falling from the sky. The first warnings hit around 2:30 PM. We had a storm that produced hail over the ground in Pella. It did not look like snow covering the ground…more like an ice machine […]

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