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
  • SNOWY SUNDAY: 2 to 4″ Possible

    ***A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for much of Central Iowa until Midnight Monday morning*** Snow showers are likely in Central Iowa today. While the snow will remain relatively light, it will last nearly all day, allowing some moderate accumulations to pile up. 2 to 4″ of snow is expected in Central Iowa. Southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph will cause minor blowing of snow…reducing visibility to a mile or less during periods of heavier snow. The snow […]

  • STAYING COLD: Light Snow Sunday

    Today will start off clear and cold. Clouds will increase through the day and highs will only be in the teens. Expect light snow showers on-and-off through Sunday. Around 3″ of snow is expected in Des Moines. 2″ to 5″ totals will be common over central Iowa. The snow will end by Monday morning, but the wind will return. Blowing snow will cause low visibilities and slick roads Monday.

  • RECORD TEMPS: Hot, Hot, Hot

    We crushed the old records in Des Moines today. At 1PM we hit 99. That tied the old record for this date set in 1955. At 2PM we hit 100. That was the new record…and the latest 100 degree day for September. At 3PM we hit 101. That was the 2nd new record for the day and ties for the hottest September day ever in Des Moines. Tonight will remain very warm. Lows will only reach the lower 70s. Tomorrow […]

  • WEATHER FORECAST: Nice Weekend Ahead

    Highs in the 80s today with mostly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move across the state by the end of today. Saturday and Sunday will be pleasant with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the lower 80s. Late Sunday into Monday morning we will see another chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms across central Iowa.

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    PERFECT TEN: Sunny And Warm Thursday

    High pressure will move into central Iowa today allowing for a partly sunny afternoon with highs in the mid 80s. Showers and thunderstorms will develop in southwestern Iowa late this afternoon. These storms will move through central Iowa overnight and early Friday morning. This is our next chance for much needed, heavy rain.

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    TERRIFIC TUESDAY: Cooler With Partial Sun

    Today will be less humid and dry. Skies will be partly sunny as an area of some shower activity passes by to the southwest. Clouds from that system will move over Central Iowa. There will be more chances for storms Friday through Saturday morning. The rest of the seven day is looking cooler and dry.

  • BEAUTIFUL WEATHER: Warm & Quiet Forecast

    Clear skies are again locked in across the state for our Thursday afternoon. Temperatures hit 80 degrees even before noon in Des Moines, so the afternoon will be warm, with highs into the upper 80s. Winds will be picking up from the south as we head closer to the weekend, and that will be the push needed to get highs back into the 90s in the 7-day. Rain chances still look to be pretty close to zero though in Central […]

  • TEMPS CLIMBING: Warmer Weekend

    July heat and humidity are returning to Iowa this weekend. Highs will climb into the 90s and the heat index will be into the upper 90s and near 100 by the first part of next week. As we head through the rest of the weekend, afternoon showers or storms could pop up, but the best chance for rain won’t arrive until Tuesday.

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    HIGH MARKS: Warm Tuesday Taking Shape

    A warm front will cross the state today taking southwest Iowa into the 90s, though it will be noticeably cooler to the north. This contrast will lead to storms Tuesday night in Northern Iowa, some of which could be severe. Another round of storms is possible Wednesday. Temperatures will stay in the 80s most of the week with another round of storms and potentially heavy rain into Iowa by the weekend.

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    PERFECT TEN: Pleasant Monday

    The patchy fog will lift by the end of the morning.  This afternoon will be sunny and warmer with highs in the 80s. By Tuesday SW Iowa will see a few 90s, though it will be noticeably cooler to the north. This contrast will lead to storms Tuesday night in Northern Iowa, some of which could be severe. Temperatures will stay in the 80s most of the week with another round of storms and potentially heavy rain into Iowa by the […]

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    MORE SUNSHINE: 70s Today, 80s Next Week

    The sun has been fighting to get back out from behind the clouds, and now it looks like we will be set for a partly cloudy afternoon. There will be more clouds in northern and NE Iowa where a few sprinkles will also be possible. Temperatures will stay near 70 today an tomorrow, but warmer weather over the weekend will re-ignite thunderstorms chances by late Saturday into Sunday. Much warmer weather is on the way next week, with the 80s […]

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    A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for south central and southeastern Iowa until 1 AM. Polk County is included. Storms are building quickly. These storms will produce heavy downpours, frequent lightning and hail. Severe storms can also produce tornadoes with little or no warning. Stay tuned to Channel 13.1 and 13.2 for the latest on these storms and the situation develops. There will be cooler temperatures the rest of the week with little chance for storms until the weekend. […]


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