13 fascinating facts about Brett McIntyre:
• I have seen a space shuttle launch in person on the beach in Cape Canaveral.
• I once got ride in a stock car around Daytona International Speedway for four laps at 180mph.
• Once, when I was barely old enough to operate a telephone, after seeing the old show “Rescue 911” hosted by William Shatner, I dialed 911 to see if it actually worked and then hung up. Turns out it really did work, the cops even came to the house!
• I am extremely left-handed. Really, my right-hand is virtually useless, except for bowling which I inexplicably do right-handed.
• I enjoy making my famously spicy chili from scratch with my homegrown tomatoes and SEVEN varieties of peppers, including habaneros.
• In the five combined years I wrote for my high school newspaper and the Iowa State Daily, I covered 2 football coaching changes, 2 basketball coaching changes and an athletic director change. Moral of the story… don’t let me anywhere near your favorite team’s athletic programs.
• I have terrible handwriting and can’t draw my way out of a paper bag.
• I have never been hospitalized and am very rarely sick. In fact, I didn’t miss a single day of school after sixth grade.
• I am a big fan of playing cards, as well as board games.
• I enjoy working on and fixing computers.
• Experienced a glancing blow from Category 4 Hurricane Charley during the summer of 2004 while on vacation in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
• Spent a week during a summer while in high school hiking and climbing mountains outside of Fort Collins Colorado.
• I can’t stand “reality” television.
Meteorologist Brett McIntyre hails from Central Iowa’s Fort Dodge, and joined Channel 13’s First Alert Storm Team in July 2008 after studying for four years at Iowa State University.
While at Iowa State, Brett earned a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology and a second four-year degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. During his study of Meteorology, Brett joined fellow students in storm chasing across the state to get in-field experience with Central Iowa’s severe weather.
He also researched and wrote a thesis his senior year on the strength and impacts of atmospheric “caps” on severe thunderstorm and tornadic potential and development in Iowa.
His time at Iowa State also included two internships with Channel 13, one with Channel 13 Sports and another for his entire senior year with Meteorologist Jeriann Ritter, dating his time with the station back to over a year before eventually being hired.
Brett’s taste for storm chasing also had him out chasing storms in northern Iowa on Sunday, May 25th 2008 between graduation and his start at WHO-HD. On that day, his chasing eventually got him on the trail of the storm that produced the devastating EF-5 tornado that leveled portions of Parkersburg.
He was one of the first people into town just minutes after the destruction and helped notify authorities about the severity of the damage and assist where possible in clean-up.
Brett has also attended the Central Iowa NWA’s Severe Storms and Doppler Radar conference in West Des Moines for the past four years. The conference draws meteorologists and emergency managers from across the country and details case studies of significant severe weather events of the past year as well as the latest research and new tools in the field of Meteorology.
13 fascinating facts about Brett McIntyre:
IOWA — A Winter Storm will impact Iowa tonight. Travel conditions will go downhill first across Northwest Iowa. Timing A Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory is in place for much of the NW half of the state through noon on Wednesday. Heavy snowfall will occur overnight in that part of the state. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2″ an hour are possible with an isolated thundersnow report possible. The winds will pick up from the northwest at 25 […]
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across much of central Iowa until noon. Two to four inches of snow has fallen, with the highest amounts so far from Highway 30 to I-80. Snow will taper off toward 7 to 8 AM, but roads will remain icy for a while as strong winds create some blowing of snow across roadways, with some refreeze likely initially. The winds will also drive a cold turn in temperatures, with steady to slowly falling […]
DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday the heat index made it to between 110 and 115 around the Omaha and Council Bluffs area and all that heat is moving into central Iowa as we go throughout the rest of the afternoon Thursday and the next couple of days. Highs are set to climb into the upper 90s Thursday and Friday with heat index values as high as 110 or even 115 in central Iowa. An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect […]
IOWA — Another winter storm system will lift into Iowa on Tuesday, but this time it will bring a variety of precipitation across the state. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the southern half of Central Iowa from midnight to midnight on Tuesday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the northern half of Central Iowa 9 PM Monday through the day on Tuesday. This storm is complicated and will bring a mix of conditions, beginning with freezing […]
Heavy rain and flash flooding set up over Central Iowa early this morning and will continue to affect the state through the afternoon as a strong warm front tries to nudge into the state. Rainfall totals over 6” were reported near Ames, with widespread 3 to 5 inch totals from far Northwest Iowa through the metro. Many areas throughout Ames were flooded, with stranded vehicles. Several roads and highways in Northwestern Iowa had water over the roadway, including Highway 4 […]
A second round of freezing rain hit the state overnight and early Tuesday morning. This overnight round of icing impacted much more of Central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro. After 2:00 a.m. freezing rain filled in through Central Iowa and even brought thunderstorms. The freezing rain and drizzle will accumulate anywhere from a light glazing to 0.25″ by 8 a.m. Most areas will receive around 0.1″ of ice, though even a light glazing is enough to make travel nearly […]
ANKENY, Iowa — Ankeny was recently recognized for its efforts to create more play opportunities for its kids. Wednesday evening, those efforts couldn’t be more clear. The 9th Annual All-City Play Day is underway near Ankeny City Hall. Channel 13’s Brett McIntyre joined the Channel 13 News at 6 for a live report from the festivities.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A late winter storm will affect north-central Iowa on Wednesday and bring showers and thunderstorms into the southern half of the state. Rain will spread throughout the northern half of Iowa by early afternoon, with scattered showers possible in Des Moines. As we progress to the evening commute, scattered thunderstorms will be possible along and south of Interstate 80 with the potential for a stronger storm near the Missouri border. At the same time, rain will […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — A storm system crossing the Midwest will bring showers and isolated storms across central Iowa overnight into Tuesday morning. Scattered showers are possible after midnight, with storms after 3 a.m. Most of the rain will be out of central Iowa by 10 a.m. but could linger through the afternoon in eastern Iowa. Some hail is possible near the Iowa-Missouri border. Winds will be strong from the south on Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the low 60s. […]
DES MOINES, Iowa – A compact, quick-moving wave of energy will clip through Iowa on Tuesday delivering a quick shot of light snow as temperatures begin to climb out of the recent arctic chill that has gripped the state. Light snow will start in western Iowa before sunrise but should hold off through the morning commute in much of Central Iowa. Snowfall along the I-35 corridor and the Des Moines metro will be likely from 10 a.m. through at least 3 p.m., lasting […]
DES MOINES, Iowa – Soggy and slippery conditions continue this Thanksgiving holiday as a mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow moves cross the state. The day will start out wet with showers increasing in coverage and intensity overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Potentially heavy rainfall will occur along and east of I-35, including the Des Moines metro, where totals could top 1 to 2″ of rain, with the highest amounts likely in Eastern Iowa. The change from rain to freezing rain […]
DES MOINES, Iowa – Our holiday weekend forecast is going to mark a return to a more active weather pattern after a couple of gorgeous days to wrap up the week. The good news is the weekend won’t be totals lost to rain and storms, but the second half will likely take some creative planning if outdoor events are where you are planning to spend your holiday. Saturday will likely be the best bet for dry weather across the state. […]