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
  • HEAT WAVE: Heat Holds On Into Weekend

    The heat wave will continue through the end of the week with temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indices in the low 100s. An Excessive Heat Advisory is in effect for Polk CO. until 7PM Friday. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the rest of central Iowa until 7PM Friday. Please continue to be cautious of the extreme heat. Sunday a cold front will move through the state bringing cooler temperatures. Expect upper 80s on Sunday and low […]

  • WARM WEEKEND: Record Heat to Come

    It’s going to be hot the next several days. Highs over the weekend will be in the lower to middle 90s. Next week we have more sunshine and record highs. We will see temperatures in the upper 90s and heat index temperatures over 100. No rain is expected through the seven day forecast.  

  • HEAT BREAK: 90s Return By Weekend

    Mostly cloudy skies will hold on for much of the afternoon before some late sunshine breaks in from the west. Highs will top out in the mid-80s today, much cooler than yesterday. Rain this morning in northern Iowa dropped over an inch of rain in Algona, but even as close as Fort Dodge, totals dropped to under a tenth of an inch. The heat will return over the weekend with highs back into the 90s. By next week, temps will […]

  • EVEN HOTTER: Isolated Storms Tonight

    Isolated showers continue to move east across Northern Iowa this afternoon. Skies are partly sunny in Central Iowa this afternoon with highs in the low 90s. Slightly cooler air is in the process of dropping in from the north, but it won’t make it in time for this afternoon. The push of cooler air could spark some isolated storms this evening in Northern Iowa, but the best chance for rain will likely be well north of Des Moines, or in […]

  • WARM WEEKEND: Fair End Heats Up

    Overnight tonight temperatures will dip down into the 50s in portions of Central Iowa. Warmer weather is on the way over the weekend and into next week. Expect low to mid 80s both Saturday and Sunday. By Wednesday, highs should be able to climb all the way into the 90s for much of Central Iowa as some summertime heat returns.

  • WONDERFUL WEEKEND: Great Fair Weather

    Overnight tonight the clouds will continue to diminish a bit. Lows will dip into the 50s in Central Iowa. Friday will be partly cloudy with a few stray showers possible. The weekend will bring back the sun and warmer temperatures. Expect low to mid 80s both Saturday and Sunday. The warming trend continues into next week with highs in the upper 80s and eventually 90s by Wednesday.

  • FAIR FRIDAY: Wonderful Weather Continues

    Scattered thunderstorms in SE Iowa will fizzle out as we head through the evening. Those lucky enough to see the storms pass overhead will still end up with very little in terms of totals. Temperatures will stay in the 80s throughout the weekend and the rest of the Iowa State Fair’s run in Des Moines. Other than a few sprinkles on Sunday, or an isolated storm on Monday, it will remain dry.

  • COOL & BREEZY: Below Average Temperatures

    Today we will see highs in the mid to upper 70s which is 10 degrees below average for this time of year. Winds will be strong out of the north-northwest between 10-15mph gusting up to 20mph. Overnight tonight lows will dip into the mid-50s! Lows will be in the neighborhood of record lows Saturday morning. Saturday will be even cooler as highs will be in the lower 70s. The record low high temperature for tomorrow is 70 degrees. A few […]

  • RAGBRAI TRAINING: Tips For New Cyclists

    RAGBRAI starts Sunday and thousands of riders will participate in the trek across the state, including those who’ve never done it before. Channel 13’s Arielle Nixon will be among those newbies and has some tips for the first-timers. Cycling has become not only a physical activity for central Iowans, but also a social activity. So let’s say you want to pick up this popular hobby and where do you start? Common sense tells you the first thing you need is […]

  • POP UP SHOWERS: Classic Summer Forecast

    A couple of pop-up showers and storms are moving through the Metro through the 4 o’clock hour. The storms will produce brief heavy downpours, gusty winds and even some small hail. The metro storms will move through and be out of Des Moines by 4:45 PM. It will be sunny in the metro for the remainder of the evening. Storms will continue spotty in nature through the evening south of I-80. They will diminish as the sun sets. Temperatures will […]

  • SUPER SUNDAY: Wonderful Weather Continues

    A few showers will continue to spin through Eastern and Central Iowa through late this evening. A few funnel clouds are possible in southern Iowa, and while these are different types of funnels that rarely reach ground, they should still be reported and action should be taken if a tornado warning is issued. Mild temperatures won’t have to fight off any showers on Sunday. The second day of our weekend will be nearly perfect, with highs in the upper 70s […]

  • QUIET EVENING: Severe Storms Exit

    Severe storms are now east of Central Iowa. A few isolated pop up showers and storms are possible through the late afternoon and evening. Northern Iowa could see more heavy rainfall overnight so a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 7 AM Tuesday in that part of the state. Tuesday will be partly cloudy, hot and humid. Temperatures will reach the low 90s and heat index values will reach 100 degrees. A few showers and storms are again possible […]

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