13 fascinating facts about Jeriann Ritter:
• My alarm goes off between 1:30AM-2:00AM each morning. I am not a coffee drinker… just naturally wired.
• I grew up in a town of less than 500 people.
• My first job was walking beans and picking sweet corn.
• The first concert I attended was to see Michael Jackson.
• I was 2nd runner up at the Little Miss Iowa contest where I sang a song from Annie.
• The coolest place I have ever traveled would be the Fiji Islands.
• I met my husband at a pig roast. My best friend set us up and tricked us to going on our first date at the Iowa State Fair. She told him I wanted him to call me and she told me he really wanted my phone number.
• My husband took me to see the Oprah show on Valentine’s Day. We were married around St. Patty’s Day.
• Our son was born on Groundhog Day.
• My favorite drink is a dirty Grey Goose Martini.
• I am the middle child.
• In the 5th grade, I drew a picture of me doing the weather with the NBC peacock logo beside me telling everyone what I wanted to do when I got big.
• Top of my list to do before I die is to attend a U2 concert in Ireland.

Meteorologist Jeriann Ritter keeps you up-to-date and gets you out-the-door prepared with frequent weather updates during Today in Iowa.

I couldn’t be any more excited about being home in Iowa and working at WHO, says Jeriann. It s a great station with the best weather resources in Iowa.

Jeriann came to WHO in 2004 from La Crosse, Wisconsin where she spent the last four years doing weather at WXOW-TV, most recently as their morning meteorologist. She also provided weather forecasts for several radio station there. Jeriann actually started at Channel 13 as a news intern in 1998 and ended up on the payroll as a news reporter.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and graduated with the advanced Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology degree from Mississippi State University in 2003.

Jeriann grew up in Melvin, a town of about 150 people located in Osceola County in northwest Iowa, where her interest in weather and meteorology began at an early age. Her father was a storm watcher in northwest Iowa, which sparked her interest.

You can see Jeriann on Today in Iowa…weekday mornings from 5 to 7.

Recent Articles
  • DRY TODAY: Wet Wednesday

    This afternoon will be mainly sunny, warm and a bit breezy at times with highs in the 80S. Low pressure will develop over the Rockies Tuesday and move through southern Iowa by Tuesday night and early Wednesday. The weather will be dry through Tuesday. A large complex of thunderstorms will develop Tuesday night and bring severe weather and heavy rain to the state. Damaging winds are likely over a large part of the south half of Iowa, with damaging winds […]

  • MOSTLY CLOUDY: Showers South

    It will be dry through the end of the week. Highs tomorrow will be in the middle 70s. The weekend will be warmer…but a stubborn low pressure system will give us a chance for isolated showers and even a few thunderstorms through the begining of next week. The temperatures will remain warm next week. Expect more periods of showers and isolated storms just about each day.

  • STORMS POSSIBLE: Hail & Strong Winds

    Another warm day is in store for central Iowa on Wednesday with sunny skies and highs around 80. Seasonal temperatures are anticipated late in the week and into the weekend with periodic thunderstorm chances in the southwest from Thursday through Saturday.

  • STORM SAFETY: Jeriann’s Safe Place

    Where are you safest in a tornado? Meteorologist Jeriann Ritter shows you where her family takes shelter during severe weather.

  • COLD FRONT: Rain/Snow Mix Tonight

    A cold front will cross the state later tonight, bringing a mix of rain and snow to the area, as well as colder temperatures and winds out of the north. Most of the rain and snow along I-35 will come after 10pm Friday. Totals are expected to be minor…generally less than an inch around Des Moines, though roads could be slick early Saturday. Sunday we’ll bounce back into the 50s for the highs, and even reaching the 60s by Monday.

  • WARMER TEMPS: More Light Snow

    Des Moines broke this morning’s record low. The old record of -6 set in 1884 is now history. We dropped to -7 this morning at the Des Moines International Airport. Here are a few more new record lows for March 3rd: Ottumwa: -9° (-4° 2002) Lamoni: -8° (-2 2002) Mason City: -15° (-6° 2002) Waterloo: -19° (-6 1978) Warmer temperatures are expected as the week continues with highs close to the 30s. A series of weak upper level disturbances will […]

  • WINTER STORM: Snow Through Morning

    A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for much of Central and Southern Iowa through 6 AM Wednesday. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect from Northern Iowa until 6 AM Wednesday. As of noon, Des Moines International Airport reported 1.4″. Snow will continue to fall through the afternoon and evening. Some of the heaviest snow fall will occur during the evening. Storm totals look to range from 4 to 7″ from I-80 to the south. Northern Iowa will see […]

  • FALLING TEMPS: More Snow & Wind

    A strong cold front will sweep through the state by this afternoon. Colder temperatures will follow with falling temperatures. Snow will overspread the state after 3 PM. Much colder weather is forecast for Tuesday with lows below zero over most of Iowa and highs in the single digits and teens.

  • MORE SNOWFALL: Around 2 To 4″

    Happy New Year! Snow will be the heaviest early in the day. Snowfall amounts will range from 2 to 4″ across the state. Around 2″ will fall in Des Moines metro area with the heaviest amounts falling in Southern Iowa. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 PM for Southern Iowa. This is where travel will be difficult at times. Temperatures will be even colder on Thursday, as we will not be able to get out of the […]

  • LIGHT SNOW: Winter Weather Advisory

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5 PM for Hancock, Kossuth, and Wright counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9 PM for Franklin. Snow will continue through the day. The snow in northern Iowa will gradually end from west to east late this afternoon.  Total accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are possible. Visibilities may drop to under a mile    during periods of heavier snow. Wind speeds will be 5 to 15 mph with negligible […]

  • GETTING WARMER: Cold Again Sunday

    A warming trend will continue Friday into Saturday, with much warmer than average temperatures and highs into the 40s across the entire area by Saturday. An upper level disturbance will move through the region Saturday night into Sunday bringing a chance of flurries to the state. An associated arctic front will crash through the state Saturday night ushering in another bout of bitterly cold air. Temperatures will likely fall throughout the day Sunday, with lows Sunday night falling well below […]

  • WINTER WEATHER: Ice Moving Out, Snow Next.

    A Winter Storm Watch and Winter Storm Warning have been issued for this afternoon through Sunday evening. Roads will remain slick overnight. Lows will be in the teens. Today will be cloudy. Snow is expected to move in by 3PM. Snow will start to fall this evening. Heavy snow will fall overnight to early Sunday. Three to five inches of snow is possible over the Des Moines metro. Heavier amounts of 6 to 8 inches are possible in southeast Iowa. […]


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