13 fascinating facts about Ed Wilson:
• I was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho. It cost my parents $7.00. (Just the price of food for my mother at the military hospital.)
• I’m an only child.
• I ran a family popcorn stand on the county courthouse square in Grundy Center, Iowa.
• Listened to WHO Radio every morning before school in Grundy Center. Never thought I would meet and work with the great cornerstones of Iowa broadcasting one day.
• Made it to Iowa State Speech Contest as an 8th grader.
• I was a three-time Iowa All State Choir member.
• In 1980, toured Germany, France, Belgium, England and Holland with the Iowa Youth Choral.
• 1982 Grundy Center High School Senior Class President.
• During college, I was a Baptist youth minister in Conway, Arkansas.
• I have sky dived.
• In 1989, TV 13 anchor, Laurie Groves, introduced me to my wife Angela. (Angela grew up in Marshalltown.)
• Have two children, Faith and Cole.
• While at WHO TV I have lived in West Des Moines, Urbandale and Waukee.

My grandfather was a meteorologist during WWII. Living in a small town and just a bike ride away from both sets of grandparents was a wonderful gift. It allowed me to grow up with the influence of my extended family. My grandpa Brockway was most special to me. I loved to watch him predict the weather. He was a great prognosticator.

Using the wind, the clouds and observing humidity and temperatures, he could amaze me with his very accurate forecasts. I thought he was the magic weatherman. It sparked my interest in weather and made a huge influence in my decision to become a meteorologist. I still have many of my grandfather’s college text books. They are priceless reminders of my weather heritage.

My first reporting job was with my home town paper. I was a junior in High School and employed by the Grundy Register to report on our wrestling team. I was given the chance to go to follow the Spartans to Des Moines for state championships.

My first job as a forecaster was at KIMT in Mason City. I did weekend weather and reported three days a week for the CBS affiliate.

In September 1988 I was hired as weekend meteorologist and week-day reporter at WHO TV 13 in Des Moines. I soon became the noon and 5 PM meteorologist and co-anchored the Noon show. I have been the Chief Meteorologist for Channel 13 the past 17 years.

Growing up in Iowa and forecasting Iowa weather the last 25 years has given me the first-hand knowledge that is critical in forecasting one of the most diverse climates in the country.

Major storms include:
March Ice Storm 1990 that brought down power lines and left the metro and much of the state without power.

Iowa Blizzards: Over the past 22 years I have forecasted several blizzards that have closed down central Iowa. Both Governor Branstad’s and Culver’s offices have asked for my assistance before closing Interstates and declaring states of emergency. My first major blizzard experience came during the 1973 blizzard that shut down the Grundy Center school system for 2 weeks. (I was in the 5th grade.)

Tornado Outbreaks: Many tornado outbreaks have required me to stay on the air for hours and cover some of the most devastating storms in Iowa’s history.

The Parkersburg tornado that killed 8 people hit just 20 miles from my boyhood home. I was visiting my parents that weekend and drove through the storm to get back to Des Moines and on the air as the tornado moved into northeast Iowa.

I reported on the first F5 tornado that produced wind speeds over 200 miles per hour. It hit Norman, OK in 1993. Our team went to Norman and reported live from that devastation.

Flooding: The major flood of 1993 was one of the most important storms of my career.
WHO TV 13 was covering the Des Moines Grand Prix. This race track included many of the streets in Des Moines.

10 Inches of rain fell in Jefferson, Iowa. The rain came in less than 24 hours and started to run down the Raccoon and Des Moines River basins that feed the confluence of the rivers in Des Moines.

The race cars were driving over the bridges that covered the River in downtown Des Moines. Race officials stopped the Grand Prix when the water was lapping up to the pavement.

I volunteered to stay at the station overnight to keep an eye on the potential flooding. Later that night I was anchoring the story of my life as the city of Des Moines lost its water works and over 250,000 people were told they would not have water by the morning.

I stayed on the air for the first 30 hours. We delivered live reports on one of the biggest stories to ever hit the city of Des Moines. WHO TV stayed on the air, commercial free, through the first week of coverage.

There have been many weather events that have equipped me to be a better meteorologist. I look forward the new strides in weather technology and to the wide weather extremes that WHO HD and Iowa have to offer.

Recent Articles
  • MILD NIGHT: Cooler Week Ahead

    The rain is moving out of the state tonight. This system did not leave much rainfall over central Iowa but northern and southeastern counties picked up 1 to 2+ inches of rain. It will be mild tonight and tomorrow. Lows will be in the middle 40s and highs tomorrow around 69. Wednesday night and Thursday morning holds a better chance for showers and isolated storms. Temperatures will be cooler for the end of the week and weekend. Highs will start […]

  • MILD TONIGHT: Weekend Storms

    It will be fantastic through the rest of the evening and overnight. A few more clouds, but very mild. Tomorrow will start off partly to mostly sunny and warm. Saturday afternoon there is a good chance for showers and thunderstorms. Some could be severe late evening into early Sunday morning. Rainfall totals could top 2 inches over the southern 1/2 of the state. There is a slight chance for rain/snow mix in northwestern Iowa by early Sunday. Much colder temperatures […]

  • STILL MILD: Weekend Storms

    It will be warm through the end of the week. Only a couple chances for light showers Thursday and Friday. There is a much better chance for storms Saturday evening into Sunday. Some of those storms could be strong to severe. Next week will be cooler.

  • RAIN & SNOW: Storms Turn To Winter

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and spread over Central Iowa through this evening. Severe weather is not expected at this time. A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for far North Central Iowa as the rain will eventually change to snow late tonight into the early morning hours Friday. 1 to 3″ of snow is possible Fort Dodge to Mason City with higher amounts in far NW Iowa, along the Minnesota border. Snow may wrap around Western […]

  • WIND ADVISORY: Warm and Windy Monday

    Severe thunderstorms blew up this afternoon over the I-35 corridor. The storms moved very quickly into the eastern 1/2 of the state. Warnings were issued for Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Mahaska Counties. Pea-size hail was reported in many of those storms. The high temperatures were in the middle 70s. Des Moines hit 77. Tonight…the cold temperatures are back. The back-side of this storm system will keep us much cooler through the week. Tuesday will be breezy and cooler. Highs will […]

  • SNOW SHOWERS: Refreeze Overnight, Slick Morning

    A few snow showers will linger this evening in Central Iowa. No major accumulation is expected, as a lot of melting will be happening at the same time. Visibilities may be reduced briefly with some of the heavier snow showers. There may even be a few spotty rain showers as well with temperatures above freezing. Even though the snow may not stick much to pavement, the slush and runoff will refreeze overnight and create slick conditions into Tuesday. Temperatures will […]

  • WINDY NIGHT: Cooler Weekend, Chance Of Snow

    Highs tomorrow will only be in the 30s. The weekend looks much cooler. We will not have spring-like temperatures until late in the seven day. There is a chance for snow on Monday. 1-3 inches are possible but the snow will accumulate in the grassy areas. Roads should remain clear.

  • SPRING ARRIVES: Cooler Weekend

    It has been a great first day of Spring 2014. Hope you had the chance to be in the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Tonight will be mild. Lows will stay in the middle 30s. Friday will be sunny, but it will be windy. Highs will be in the middle 50s, but the northwest wind will gust over 30 mph. Saturday and Sunday will be cooler. Highs will be in the 30s. Monday also looks cool with a chance for light […]

  • WARMER TOMORROW: Hope of Spring

    Tonight will be partly cloudy. There are warmer temperatures coming our way tomorrow. Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 50s to around 60. Thursday will be sunny with a light WSW wind. It is the first day of spring. It will be mild again Friday. Highs will stay in the middle 50s. The weekend is looking much cooler. Highs will only be in the upper 30s. The cold temperatures will remain in the area through most of next […]

  • BREEZY TUESDAY: Rain/Snow This Evening

    Expect light rain this evening and a chance for light snow late tonight and early tomorrow morning. The lows will slip to the middle 30s. Tomorrow will start off cool. Highs will reach the middle and upper 40s, but it will be windy. The NW wind could gust over 30 MPH. The first day of spring is Thursday. It will be much warmer. Highs will move back to the middle and upper 50s. We will be close to 60. Cooler […]

  • CLOUDY NIGHT: Chance Of Showers Tomorrow

    The temperatures were not as warm as expected today because clouds made an early entry into the state. It will remain mostly cloudy tonight. Lows will stay in the middle 30s. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy and windy. There is a chance for showers by the afternoon then a switch to light snow by early Wednesday. Temperatures will move to the middle 50s with a very strong southwest wind. The wind will turn to the NW on Wednesday. The highs […]

  • SPRING SWING: 60 Saturday, Snow Sunday

    It will be mild again tonight. The wind will die down and temperatures will stay in the middle 30s. Saturday will be warm. Highs will make it back to around 60. The strong southwest wind of 15-30 MPH will help warm us up before the next cold front sweeps through the state late Saturday and early Sunday. Sunday will be a much colder day. The light rain/snow mix will change to all snow by sunrise. We will see accumulations of […]

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