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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
  • Snow and Ice to Impact Travel Conditions

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until midnight for all of Iowa. Roads will be slick this evening and overnight with snow to the north and ice across central and southern Iowa. Light snow is moving across the state this morning. Northern Iowa will continue to see snow through the afternoon with snow totals between 1-3″. This afternoon will be a different story for central and southern Iowa.  As the temperatures higher up in the atmosphere start to warm, our precipitation […]

  • North Central Iowa Sees Most Snowfall

    Heavy snow fell over northern Iowa late last night, adding up to 11″ in Fort Dodge with over 6″ in many parts of Pocahontas, Sac, Hamilton, Hardin counties. The narrow band of snow central Iowa saw early yesterday afternoon quickly moved north and settled over the Hwy 20 corridor late last night. Because this horizontal swath of snow was moving along a fairly stationary boundary, it had little north or south movement. This made totals add up quickly as snow continued to fall over […]

  • Winter Storm Warning Issued as Heavy Snow Heads Toward Central Iowa

    Light snow will move into central Iowa during the afternoon Thursday as the next system begins to arrive. This system will be quite a bit different from the one we saw on Monday as snow is expected to fall over a much longer period of time and the wind direction and speed will be nearly opposite. A stationary boundary extending from Nebraska through Montana will transition into a very slow moving warm front Thursday. This front will start to lift […]

  • More Snow Ahead for Central Iowa Over the Next Few Days

    An active pattern at the upper levels is keeping several chances for snow in the forecast for Iowa. Another round of light snow is expected Wednesday night as the first wave pushes through. Most of this snow will fall after 10:00 p.m. and before sunrise with snow totals mainly under an inch. Impacts on the roadways will be minimal. Mega Doppler-S Download the 13WarnMe app The second wave will be Thursday into Friday which looks to be the system with the greatest impact […]

  • Wind Chill, Blowing Snow Remain Threats for Thursday Night

    Snow is ending across the state and snow totals are on the low side. So far the highest snow total reported is around 2.0″ in Webster City with 0.6″ at the Des Moines Airport. The main threats will be blowing snow and wind chill tonight. The wind will be NW at 20-30 mph which is expected to cause reduced visibility during the afternoon today. Mega Dopper-S Weather Alerts Weather Related Closings Download 13WarnMe App The cold temperatures are the other […]

  • Winter Storm Causing Dangerously Icy Roads

    A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Wright and Franklin counties through Webster, Carroll, Dallas, and Adair counties until 6 PM. 3-6″ of snow are possible and roads are already iced over. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Ames and Des Moines to southern Iowa until 6 PM. The only difference here is that 1-3″ of snow is expected. Roads will become ice all across the state as temperatures are dropping rapidly. By 9 AM temperatures will be […]

  • 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 […]