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13 Fascinating Facts About Me:
1. Despite all my talk about Nebraska, I am actually from western Iowa. I grew up cheering on the Huskers as my dad is from Nebraska and then received my Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from UNL in 2014. Since coming to central Iowa, I have developed a love for SOME Iowa sports teams.
2. I got married in June of 2019 to another meteorologist. (yes, we talk weather at home) More importantly, we have a corgi named Fitz who has stolen the hearts of not only us, but many central Iowans who have come to know him. You can follow him on Instagram (@fitz_corgi)!
3. Central Iowa’s craft beer game is (as the young people say) LIT! My husband and I are HUGE craft beer fans and love hanging out at the local breweries.Feel free to come up and say hello if you see us out and about!
4. Reading is one of my favorite things to do outside of work. I have recently opened up about my mental health on social media, (Check out this link for the full post and reading is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and anxiety. I am a big fan of the Des Moines Public Library!
5. My dad used to make candies during the Christmas holiday and because I don’t get to be home much during the holidays, I started making my own candies. My favorite things to make are cookies, candied nuts, and fudge.
6. I am notorious for eating weird food combos. My favorite combo is mac and cheese, hot dogs, and peaches all cut up into one bowl.
7. I love music as most people do, but my taste in music genre is likely larger than most. Alternative Rock, Electronic Dance Music, 2000s pop, Christian Contemporary, and Country are just my favorite styles of music. If you drive past me in the car, chances are I’m dancing, singing, or both!
8. I am very athletic as I grew up a volleyball player and a dancer. I also took up tennis in high school and it became one of my favorite sports. I don’t play as often as I would like, but when I do I am still as competitive as I was back in high school.
9. I developed an interest in weather when I was 11 years old as a 6th grader. Teaching kids about weather as an adult has become one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
10. Many people ask me where I get my dresses. I’d say 75% of them are from the Amazon-based brand called Homeyee. I seek out good deals, so over 90% of them are under $20.
11. The only other career I wanted to pursue besides meteorology is oceanography. Specifically, I wanted to study sharks. I have always found sharks fascinating, mostly because they’ve inhabited the earth for millions of years! My favorite shark is the great white, but the great hammerhead is a very close second.
12. When I was in college I worked at a CVS. When I was there I learned the art of couponing which has led me to saving tons of money on everyday products.
13. My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

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 Wind to Impact Iowa Roads Sunday Night

    IOWA — A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect across much of central Iowa until noon on Monday. Snowfall and strong wind will bring significant impacts to central Iowa. Snow will continue to form across the Highway 20 corridor and expand south throughout the evening. Expect snow to start falling along Interstate 80 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday. Snowfall rates will pick up in central Iowa between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Not only is moderate snow […]

  • Plummeting Temperatures Prompt Overnight Freeze Warning

    A Freeze Warning will go into effect at 10:00 p.m. Friday and last until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Temperatures across central Iowa will fall into the upper 20s to near 30 degrees by Saturday morning, which is the first freeze of the season. Along with sub-freezing temperatures, central Iowa will also have to deal with a strong west wind at 15-25 mph. This strong wind will make it feel like the mid-teens to mid-20s. Be sure to bring in or […]

  • Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible with Thursday Storms

    Thursday brings yet another chance for storms here in central Iowa. Most of central and all of eastern Iowa are hanging out in what’s called the warm sector. It’s the area between the warm front to the north and the cold front to the west. More sunshine in this area has allowed for extra energy to develop, which the atmosphere will use to grow taller and more powerful storms. A slight risk for severe weather is in place from just […]

  • Storms Track Through Southern Iowa Dropping Large Hail and Heavy Rain

    Three rounds of storms pushed through central and southern Iowa Tuesday night, dropping 3-6″ of rain in parts of SW Iowa. The first round of storms moved through the Creston area just after 5:00 p.m. That’s when 1″ hailstones were reported in eastern Adams County and western Union County. This line of storms also tracked across Clarke, Decatur, Wayne, and Appanoose counties dropping quarter to half-dollar size hailstones in some of these southern Iowa towns. Crop damage was reported in […]

  • Heavy Rain Causes Morning Flooding with More Rain to Come Tonight

    Heavy rain has caused some flash flooding across Calhoun, southern Webster, Boone, and Greene counties. The flash flood warning for those counties goes until 1:30 PM Friday. An enhanced risk for severe weather is in place for much of southeastern Iowa and NE Missouri this morning as storms continue to push southeast. Mega Doppler-S Weather Warnings and Advisories Download the 13WarnMe App  Isolated showers will still be possible along the warm front this afternoon and early evening, but the better chance […]

  • Strong Storms Expected Early Monday, More Tuesday

    IOWA — Nearly all of central Iowa is under a slight risk for severe weather on Monday, but while Iowa usually sees severe weather in the afternoon and evening, this line of storms will arrive before sunrise. A complex of storms forming over Nebraska will arrive in Iowa overnight. These are expected to arrive along the western border between midnight and 2 AM. Large hail and damaging wind will be the main threats with this storm, but these systems occasionally produce […]

  • Radar Tells the Story of Fatal Adair County Tornado

    ADAIR COUNTY, Iowa  — This morning’s EF-2 Tornado near Adair was a very small storm within a very large low pressure system. The line that produced the tornado actually started back in northeast Kanas, where it didn’t become severe until it moved into NW Missouri. That was when the first Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued. The storm eventually pushed into southern Iowa where the first warning came around 11:35 PM for Page County. A Tornado Warning was also issued for Page […]

  • Severe Weather Threat Diminishing, Flooding Still Possible

    IOWA — Highs warmed into the upper 70s and low 80s Saturday, but all the thunderstorm activity to the south has diminished Iowa’s chances for severe weather. While heavy rain may still lead to some flash flooding Saturday night and prolonged flooding along the rivers, hail size will be half dollar or smaller, with some strong wind gusts. The heaviest rain is expected in central Iowa before 7 PM with weaker thunderstorms during the overnight. Another round of weak thunderstorms are […]

  • Late Morning Sun, Afternoon Severe Weather Expected

    IOWA — After a cloudy night and even stormy night for some, the late morning will be dry and steamy as cloud cover begins to break up. The sunshine will boost highs close to 80 this afternoon and also give the atmosphere a little more energy. Strong to severe storms are expected to develop around 2-3 PM. While the better chance for tornadoes and significant hail will be over Arkansas and Texas, there is still a risk for tornadoes, wind, […]

  • Strong Storms a Possibility Tonight, Tomorrow, Saturday

    The state of Iowa will be in a very active pattern over the next 7 days with many chances for heavy rain, hail, and strong winds. The first chance of storms will be tonight. TONIGHT: A horizontal line of storms will form near I-80 after 9 PM and before midnight. The warm evening temps and strong low-level wind out of the south/ southwest will give the atmosphere energy to produce storms, some strong to severe. Large hail and wind gusts […]

  • State Blanketed by Wet Weather; Storms Possible in Southeast Iowa

    Steady rain is expected all throughout Wednesday. Rain totals will range from 1-2″ with isolated higher amounts in southern Iowa where there is a better chance for thunderstorms. One positive point about the steady rain is that flash flooding (a rapid rise in water) is unlikely. However, our already swollen rivers may swell a bit more, causing some minor flooding as the rain will continue to add to them. As always, do not cross a road that is covered by […]

  • More Flooding Possible in Davenport with Heavy Rain Forecast Next Week

    Heavy rain in the southeast part of Iowa caused an already full Mississippi River to spill over into Davenport, Iowa yesterday. A temporary levee was put in place to hold back the water for as long as possible, but the 1-2″ of rainfall along the Mississippi proved to be too much. These are some of the 48 hour rainfall totals measured in eastern and southeastern Iowa: Mount Pleasant: 1.76″ Quad Cities 1.70″ Fairfield 1.58″ Washington 1.41″ Burlington 1.38″ Clinton 1.33″ […]

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