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13 Fascinating Facts About Me:
1. I have been an athlete all of my life. In high school I played volleyball, tennis, and I was on the dance team. I could have played volleyball or tennis at a small college, but I was very career driven and gave them up.
2. Despite growing up in Iowa, my dad was raised in Omaha and I grew up a HUGE Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. GBR!
3. If it weren’t for the cost of school, I would have stayed much longer and obtained a second degree in mathematics and added minors in history and broadcast journalism. Instead, I graduated in 3.5 years, while working 2 jobs throughout my college career.
4. My favorite form of working out is a class called TurboKick which I consider to be a cross between kickboxing and dance. I even made up my own TurboKick routine in my spare time.
5. I am ALWAYS cold. If you were to walk into the news studio on any given day there’s a 75% chance I would be covered in a blanket and still have a jacket on.
6. Despite the cold, I recently discovered my love for snowshoeing in the mountains. I find the adventure of climbing up and down the snow to get to a certain view to be absolutely incredible.
7. I have a wide range in musical taste. I have everything from country and christian contemporary to dubstep and alternative rock as well as much more all within one playlist.
8.I loved swimming so much as a child that I used to have a special breathing technique because I could hold my breath longer than anybody else. My senior year of high school I got bronchitis and have never been able to breath the same again.
9. I had a golden retriever named Jade while growing up. She was my best friend for almost 10 years and the most loyal canine I have ever met. I now have a weakness for any golden retriever that I see.
10. Thanks to help of Pinterest, cooking is now one of my favorite hobbies. I can make a mean pink champagne cupcake, even ask my coworkers.
11. Even in my 20s I still go through weird food phases. In 2015 I ate brown sugar oatmeal with two scoops of crunch peanut butter in it every day for five months.
12. There are a handful of movies I can watch over and over again without ever being tired of them. Bridesmaids, Burlesque, Taken, Red Dawn, Footloose, and Soul Surfer are just a few.
13. I used to dislike beer with all of my being but have developed a taste for it over the past couple years, in fact I am loving all of the breweries that Des Moines has to offer. Any suggestions?

Meteorologist Amber Alexander joined the Channel 13 First Alert Storm Team in December 2015. Before WHO, Amber worked at KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska where she was as a meteorologist and reporter.
Amber earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology/Climatology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a proud Husker. While at Nebraska she served as the secretary of the American Meteorological Society, Activities Director for the Nebraska Storm Chase Team and worked as an intern at the state climate office for two years. Amber first got her on-air experience by broadcasting for UNL’s student run newscast, Star City News. She was also an intern for KETV in Omaha, NE.
Amber has always loved storms, but discovered her new passion for meteorology while simply studying the material in the sixth grade. It was then that she decided she wanted to be a meteorologist.
Since she grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Amber is very happy to be back in Iowa and closer to her family. Although she is not a fan of the cold winters, Amber is excited to be in an area that has all types of weather conditions. However, she is most fascinated by severe weather. During her time at Nebraska she loved to storm chase. She even caught her first tornado in Solomon, KS on her first ever storm chase trip with fellow students in April 2012.
Amber is looking forward to growing in her forecast abilities and providing the best weather report she can for Central Iowa.


Recent Articles
  • More Severe Weather Possible in Iowa Thursday

    Storms will be possible throughout the afternoon Thursday, but there will not be as many, and they are not expected to be up to par with what central Iowa experienced on Wednesday. Showers and storms have stalled over the northern border of Missouri bringing a layer of low level stratus clouds to central Iowa. This cloud cover has kept temperatures relatively cool and hasn’t allowed for the sunshine to destabilize the environment. Mega Doppler-S Download the 13WarnMe app There is […]

  • Central Iowa Could See Severe Storms Wednesday Afternoon

    Weak showers and thunderstorms will linger through the mid-morning Wednesday, but most of these showers will be out of central Iowa by noon. The sky will then clear and allow for the sunshine to heat us up into the middle 80s. Humidity levels will also rise as winds will be from the southwest for today. The combination of heat, humidity, and sunshine will help to destabilize our atmosphere and give it more energy for storms. A cold front moving across the […]

  • Severe Weather Possible for Central Iowa Friday Night

    DES MOINES, Iowa — An enhanced risk for severe weather is in place over central Iowa this evening which means numerous strong to severe storms will be possible. Tornado Threat: Low Hail Threat: Low/Medium Wind Threat: Medium With an ample amount of sunshine and southwest winds, highs will reach around the lower 90s this afternoon. The hot air combined with dew point temperatures in the upper 60s, will allow for a lot of fuel to come together to form strong thunderstorms across the state. A […]

  • Severe Storms Are Moving Through Central Iowa

    Strong to severe storms are moving across central Iowa this evening and are expected to continue through the overnight. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is currently in effect for central Iowa until 3 AM. Three separate lines of storms are pushing across the Midwest and have had a history of producing 70 mph wind gusts and some 1″ hail. Around 12,000 people are without power near Fort Dodge after storms downed trees across the city. Another round of storms are expected […]

  • Isolated Severe Storms Possible Wednesday Afternoon

    After two days with temperatures in the 80s, the weather pattern is in transition Wednesday. We’re starting the morning off with a few non-severe showers and thunderstorms ahead of the warm front. These will continue to push east northeast through the 9:00 a.m. hour. Mega Doppler-S Weather warnings and watches Download the 13WarnMe app There will be a break in the activity late Wednesday morning and early on in the afternoon. This will allow the atmosphere to destabilize and gain energy […]

  • Soggy Wednesday in Store for Iowa

    A low pushing north out of Oklahoma will bring rain to the state Wednesday. This will begin start around the morning commute and pick up in intensity by the afternoon hours. 1.0″ to 1.5″ of rain will fall across most of the state between Wednesday and Thursday with isolated 2.0″ totals possible. Because of the lack of sunshine and the placement of the low, severe weather is not expected across central Iowa. The heaviest rain will fall during the afternoon […]

  • Northern Iowa to See Heaviest Snow, Blizzard Conditions

    A Blizzard Warning is in effect for most of Northern Iowa until early Saturday with more snow on the way and winds gusting close to 40 MPH. Roads are rough in Northern Iowa Friday morning with around 5-10″ on the ground and near white out conditions in spots. The Metro will see snow off and on throughout the day. The heaviest snow will continue to fall north of HWY 20 with another 3-6″ possible. The Metro will see 1-3″ possible by […]

  • Northwest and Northern Iowa to See Winter Wallop

    A powerful storm system has developed to the west Thursday morning and will continue to strengthen throughout the day. Snow has already started across the Dakotas and Nebraska. Rain will develop across southern Iowa this afternoon as the Low pushes farther to the northeast. This rain will lift north along a warm front during the evening hours. Thunderstorms will be possible after sunset Thursday night, with a marginal risk for severe weather in place across the state of Iowa. This […]

  • Central Iowa Part of Winter Weather Advisory

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for central Iowa until noon Wednesday. 1-2″ of snow fell overnight across central Iowa making roads a mess for the morning commute. The worst roads are along I-80 from Atlantic to Iowa City, with snow extending as far north as Hwy 20. An additional 1-2″ of snow is possible as a second wave of snow will make its way through the state during the middle of the morning. The best […]

  • More Snow Coming Wednesday for Central, Northern Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Roads are starting off wet in central Iowa Wednesday morning, but are completely snow covered north of Hwy 30. Because temperatures are above freezing in central Iowa, any snow we saw Tuesday night, has melted and is making for foggy conditions this morning. As the low pressure system wraps back around, snow will continue to fall across northern Iowa, with some light snow expected to fall across central Iowa during the middle of the day. An additional 2-4″ […]

  • Winter Storm to Bring Freezing Drizzle, Snow

    Freezing drizzle will continue through Friday afternoon and evening with roads expected to become slick south of Hwy 30. Snow will take over Friday night with the heaviest falling across northern Iowa. A trace to 2″ is possible from southern Iowa through Hwy 30 with 2-4″ between Hwy 30 and Hwy 20, and 4-6″ along the northern border of the state. Winds will pick up from the north during the overnight causing blowing snow across the state through the afternoon Saturday. […]

  • First Frost in the Forecast for Most of Iowa

    A cold front that passed through early this morning will bring strong northwest winds into central Iowa for today. Temperatures will fall into the upper 40s through the first half of the day with spotty showers possible before noon. After that skies will start to clear out and temperatures will climb a few degrees for the afternoon with “highs” in the lower to middle 50s. Skies will continue to clear for the overnight and temperatures will plummet. A Freeze Warning […]