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13 fascinating facts about Arielle Nixon:

1. My nickname is Moonface because of my extremely round face.
2. I have never colored my hair in my life. I can attribute my blonde locks to a German and Swedish heritage.
3. I love to travel! In total, I have visited 15 countries. My favorite so far is Italy.
4. During the summer of 2011, I used only 1 suitcase to visit 10 countries in 10 weeks.
5. I have experienced an Earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale.
6. I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology. My first experience with Iowa was when the Hawkeyes beat my Alma Mater in the 2010 Orange Bowl.
7. I’m a big Georgia Tech football fan. So much so that I was a science tutor for the athletics association while in school.
8. Although my favorite type of weather to forecast is severe weather, I have never seen a tornado in person.
9. I worked with John Bachman’s son while interning at WSB-TV in Atlanta.
10. I’m a terrible speller (thank god for spell check), but a straight A math student.
11. One of my favorite songs is Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean.
12. My favorite food is birthday cake flavored ice cream. I’ve been known to have a big bowl in the dead of winter.
13. My first weather memory was the 1993 storm of the century. My family didn’t have power for an entire week because of the powerful blizzard.

Meteorologist Arielle Nixon joined Channel 13's First Alert Storm Team in June 2012 after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. During her time at Georgia Tech Arielle had the opportunity to intern with experienced meteorologists at WSB-TV and WAGA-TV in Atlanta, GA. She also spent a semester volunteering at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, GA.

Arielle is a member of the American Meteorological Society. She enjoys the challenge of forecasting severe weather and understands the importance of warning viewers of any dangerous weather situations. Arielle is excited to experience Iowa’s ever-changing weather patterns.

Arielle grew up in Roswell, GA and is excited to see what the Midwest has to offer. She enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to visiting all of the great parks in Des Moines. She also likes to be creative with crafting and baking.


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    WEATHER RATING: Sunny with Isolated Storms

    After a few isolated showers and storms this morning, the afternoon will be slightly cooler than yesterday with lower humidity and highs in the 80s. More isolated showers and thunderstorms will move through along a cool front by early afternoon. The lower temperatures will not last long. Heat and humidity returns for the end of the week. Today’s weather rating is an 8.

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    WEATHER RATING: Warm With Stray Showers

    Today will warm-up into the upper 80s, with a slight chance of a pop up shower or storm in the afternoon.  Monday afternoon will seem a lot like yesterday with plenty of sun and warm temps.  Today’s weather rating is a 9.

  • MORE STORMS: Weekend Scattered Storms

    Rain and storms continue to move across Northern Iowa this afternoon. More storms are expected to develop in Central and Southern Iowa through the afternoon and evening. Some of the storms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds. Our FLASH FLOOD WATCH continues until 7 PM. As the heavy downpours with these storms will lead to sudden flooding on streets and in creeks and ditches. Rainfall amounts from 5 AM Friday to 5 AM Saturday include: Lamoni 1.52″ […]

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    WEATHER RATING: Dry & Sunny

    Today will be dry with less humidity and plentiful sunshine.  High temperatures will top out in the low 80s.  Light winds are another factor that makes today an ideal early summer day. Today’s weather rating is a 10. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will make their way into Central Iowa through mid morning on Friday.  We will continue to see chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms on and off through out the weekend.

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    WEATHER RATING: Soggy & Cool

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move across the state today.  These storms will add another .25″ to .50″ of rainfall to the state. Isolated spots will receive totals closer to 1″.  The rainfall and clouds will keep our temperatures well below average this afternoon.  Today’s weather rating is a 4.

  • Weather Rating

    WEATHER RATING: Sunny, Dry, & Warmer

    Today is going to be a beautiful Monday with partly sunny skies and warmer temperatures.  Highs today will top out in the low to middle 70s.  Today’s weather rating is a 10. Expect showers and thunderstorms overnight tonight and early Tuesday morning.  Showers and thunderstorms tomorrow could bring some locally heavy rain. Continue to watch for the latest flooding statements and warnings.

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    CHARITY CLASSIC: PGA Wx Assesses Course

    Friday is the first day of tournament play at the Principal Charity Classic but events so far this week got off to a bumpy start because of the weather. The Pro-Am was suspended because of lightening, Wednesday but on Thursday, play resumed on a soggy Wakonda Golf Course in Des Moines. Willis Young is a meteorologist with the PGA tour and spoke to Channel 13 about how the course is holding up, “There are some areas that are very wet.  […]

  • Weather Rating

    FEWER STORMS: Rivers Will Continue To Rise

    Storms to the south and east of the metro will keep creeks rising and rivers at bank-full. There are fewer storms over central Iowa…this is going to be the trend through the weekend. Rivers will continue to rise down stream. Be ready for water on roads and some closed roads. The best chance for severe storms will stay along the southeastern border of the state. There will still be chances for showers tomorrow…but by Sunday we will have much drier conditions. […]

  • SOGGY STATE: Rain Relief In Sight

    More storms are moving into southwest Iowa tonight. More rain is possible over central Iowa, but the storms will be isolated. A couple storms did have severe thunderstorm warnings as they passed from the Omaha area into southwest counties of Iowa. Expect a few showers and isolated storms tomorrow. The storm system that has pushed a river over the state is still winding up and will have wrap-around storms. The weekend is looking much drier and cooler. Highs are going […]

  • Weather Rating

    WEATHER RATING: Dry And Muggy

    The muggy conditions and mix of clouds and sun looks to lead to the development of a few isolated strong to severe storms as we head through the rest of the afternoon. The best places to see storms form will be in Southern Iowa. The main threats with these storms will be strong winds and hail. Temperatures will reach the low 80s this afternoon. We will remain in the low 80s each afternoon this week with more chances of showers […]

  • Weather Rating

    WEATHER RATING: Cool & Breezy

    Today will start off cloudy but skies will clear quickly through midday.  Highs this afternoon will be in the upper 60s, which is roughly 5 degrees below average for this time of year.  Winds will be strong out of the northeast allowing for a chilly breezy at times.  Today’s weather rating is a 7. Central Iowa will stay dry until late Friday when our next system rolls in with some weekend weather.  Scattered thunderstorms will begin late Friday/early Saturday and […]

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    WEATHER RATING: Chilly With Spotty Showers

    Today’s high temperatures will struggle into the middle 60s. Skies will stay mostly cloudy with scattered, light rain showers. You can also expect strong winds this afternoon. Today’s weather rating is a 5. The rest of the work week looks dry and cool. Our next chance for storms begins Saturday and will persist into Sunday. Some of those storms could become strong to severe.

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