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.

Recent Articles
  • WARMING UP: 50s For The Weekend

    Tonight temperatures will fall below freezing under mostly clear skies. Winds will be lighter tonight, but will pick up out of the south tomorrow. That will help warmer weather arrive for the weekend. Friday through Sunday will be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching the 50s each day. By next week, rain chances will increase on Monday evening into Tuesday. Temperatures will be warm enough the first half of the week that this should mainly be rain, with cooler weather arriving […]

  • CLOUDS CLEARING: Temps To Dip Below Feezing

    The light rain moving through central Iowa will begin to wind down as it moves southeast out of our area. Some flurries may still mix in in a few locations especially in western parts of the state. As of 4 PM, rain fall amounts are all under a tenth of an inch. Des Moines at 4 PM was reporting 0.03″, Carroll 0.05″ and Creston 0.05″. Temperatures will dip just below freezing again tonight as clouds start to clear early Thursday […]

  • COLD & WET: More Rain, Snow On The Way

    A rain/snow mix moved across the state early today. Generally we will see more snow in northern Iowa and rain in southern Iowa. Snow may accumulate up to 1 or 2 inches in grassy areas in the northern half of the state. Winds will be strong throughout the day. Highs today will reach the lower to middle 40s. Tonight will be partly cloudy and very cold with lows in the 20s. Tomorrow another system will bring a rain/snow mix to […]

  • CHILLY SATURDAY: Cold Week Ahead

    Highs today will reach the middle 50s. This morning we will see a few light rain showers mainly in the northern half of the state. It will be warmer Sunday with temperatures reaching the middle 60s under partly sunny skies. Next week will be much colder. High will be in the 40s through Wednesday with lows in the lower 30s and upper 20s.

  • WARM & WINDY: Cool Weekend

    Saturday and Sunday will be dry and cooler than Friday. The cold front will leave us with highs in the middle 60s. The next best chance for rain arrives Monday night and Tuesday. Showers and isolated storms are expected. The rest of the seven day will be cool with highs in the middle 50s. Lows will be cool enough late next week to see some frost.

  • STILL WARM: Fall Temperatures Return

    This afternoon will be very similar to yesterday with sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s. Southerly winds will keep us well above average through Friday afternoon before big changes take place. A cold front will move through the state on Friday bringing very isolated showers and thunderstorms. This front will also bring cooler temperatures for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will stay cool with highs in the upper 60s. Another system will push through […]

  • SEVERE WEATHER: Tornado Watch Scaled Back

    A tornado watch covered the western half of Iowa for much of Friday evening before the storms headed northeast out of the state. The same storm storm system created very large tornadoes in northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa. Highs on Saturday will be in the lower 60s. It will be windy. Gusts will be over 30 mph. Sunday will be cool as well. It will be sunny and breezy. Next week looks quiet with temperatures warming back to the lower […]

  • SOGGY SATURDAY: Rain Moves In Overnight

    Overnight tonight clouds will build in from the west bringing showers and thunderstorms back into the state by morning. Most of the rain will fall along a cold front as it pushes into Central Iowa between 5 AM and 1 PM. Widespread amounts around a half inch are likely, especially west of I-35. Temperatures will fall off a bit as well. Both Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the lower 70s. Sunday will be dry. Dry weather continues through the […]

  • QUIET WEATHER: Beautiful Weekend Ahead

    Last night storms left a swath of damage across Polk County and the surrounding areas with over 30,000 people without power, and numerous reports of major tree and/or roof damage. 1.2″ of rain fell in Johnston and 1.06″ at the airport in Des Moines. Today high pressure will dominate our weather bringing clear skies and quiet conditions. This afternoon highs will stay mainly in the 60s, with a few low 70s. Winds will be breezy and out of the north. […]

  • WEEKEND FORECAST: Cool Rain Chances Increase

    This afternoon will be beautiful across the state. Highs will be around 70 degrees with plenty of sunshine. Football Friday will be in the 60s as things finally feel like football weather. Saturday is the big game day for Iowa and Iowa State. Temperatures will be in the lower 70s. It will be mostly cloudy…and there is a slight chance for a shower or two late in the game. Our best chance for rain over the weekend will be between […]

  • LABOR DAY: Beautiful Weather

    The last unofficial day of summer will be a pleasant one with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the lower 80s and even upper 70s in parts of northern Iowa. 80s will hang on until the end of the week. Friday will bring the return of 90s and the weekend will stay hot. The forecast for the rest of the week looks dry, with only a slight chance of showers or storms late Wednesday into Thursday, though most of […]

  • RECORD BREAKING: End To The Heat In Sight

    Today was record breaking. The 104-degree high in Des Moines is not only the hottest on record for this date but also the highest temperature this late in the season. It beats the record of 101-degrees set back in the 1930s. Fortunately, the heat will loosen its grip on the state slightly tonight. Both the Excessive Heat Warning and Heat Advisory will expire at 7PM. Today will be hot and mainly dry with high temperatures in the upper 90s and […]

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