"Accuracy and precision has improved so much through technology. It’s more science now and we are trying to integrate social science for better communication. I like to keep a local feeling with what I present. Keep it local; keep it human."
The Iowa Weather Network is an independent and non-profit weather organization that serves the 99 counties of Iowa, priding ourselves on being one of the most accurate, local, reliable, and personalized weather sources in the state.
Composed of seven core staff members around the region and many more contributors and chasers, we have covered just about everything related to Iowa weather: whether it is your normal Iowa sunny sky forecasts, historical weather events which have impacted Iowa in years past, or the tragic severe weather events that affect us each year - we have it all.
By using our wide variety of outlets, such as our Facebook page, Twitter page, or our exclusive live severe weather coverage, we are proud to serve and protect The Heartland State, as we have since 2008.
PROUDLY SERVING SINCE 2008.
Meet the Team
Henry Luker is the founder and lead forecaster of the Iowa Weather Network, a position he has held since its founding in 2012.
Henry was born in Clear Lake, Iowa, a small town of just over 8,000 people located near Mason City, Iowa. Weather has been a part of his life since he was young, from reading the daily forecasts in the first grade, to forming "Henry’s Severe Weather Center,” his first weather website serving North Central Iowa in 2008, before rebranding to “Iowa’s Severe Weather Center.”
He has had several mentors in life, including Jeff Wilcox and Dan Herrstrom, who he later partnered with and merged together to form what is now the Iowa Weather Network. Henry was the focus of a July 2014 Globe Gazette article and January 2016 Clear Lake Mirror Reporter article highlighting his work with the network. Former KIMT meteorologist Jim Politis noted the following about him: "Henry's just one of those young men who is really genuinely interested in weather and what he does," he said. "It's certainly refreshing and fun to interact with him."
Henry began school at Iowa State University in August 2018 with the hopes of graduating with degrees in both meteorology and computer science. On the side, Henry designs and builds websites for many people locally and has become a well-known webmaster within the community. Henry wrapped up a five year career with the Clear Lake Community School District in June 2018 after working a wide range of roles, ranging from managing the district's website and social media outlets to assisting with technology integration and support in the IT department.
Director of IT
Director of IT
Dan Herrstrom is a chaser and the director of information technology for the Iowa Weather Network. Dan specializes in making sure the network technology interfaces are reliable, secure, and well-maintained. Dan is also one of the three original founders of the network.
Dan works as an Information Technology professional by trade and resides in Madrid, Iowa, northwest of Des Moines. He works at Des Moines Area Community College as an IT Specialist. Dan holds an associates degree in Network Administration from DMACC and a Bachelors Degree in Applied Computer Science from Morningside College in Sioux City.
Dan is also a firefighter in Madrid, where he notes is partly why he got into the weather world. His two main hobbies remain computers and weather, and he funneled this into his original website, Iowa-Skywarn.org, founded in 2004. This was one of the four websites that merged together into the Iowa Weather Network in 2012.