ABOUT US

“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.”COO Henry Luker in a January 2016 article

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.


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MEET THE TEAM

Henry Campbell

Chief Operations Officer

Henry Campbell

Chief Operations Officer

Henry Campbell is the Chief Operations Officer of the Iowa Weather Network, a position he has held since its founding. Henry was born and continues to live in Clear Lake, Iowa, a small town of just over 8,000 people located near Mason City, Iowa. Henry’s has had an interest in weather his entire life, from reading the daily forecasts in first grade to forming "Henry’s Severe Weather Center,” his first weather organization serving North Central Iowa for over a year, before rebranding to “Iowa’s Severe Weather Center.”

He has had several mentors in life, including Jeff Wilcox and Dan Herrstrom, whom he later partnered with and merged together to form what is now the Iowa Weather Network. Since the merger, the Iowa Weather Network has grown dramatically, and now has a team of over 10. Henry was also 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."

On the side, Henry designs and builds websites for many people locally and has become a well-known webmaster within the community. He works for the Clear Lake Community School District in a wide range of roles, ranging from building and assisting with the district website, managing two of the four school websites, and assisting in technology integration at Clear Creek Elementary.

While not working or covering weather, which he says is rare, he enjoys spending time with his friends, tinkering around with various technological items, or watching/playing basketball. You will frequently him running the scoreboards at high school basketball games. In the future, Henry plans to study either information technology or meteorology at Iowa State University.

Dan Herrstrom

Director of IT

Dan Herrstrom

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.

Derek McKay

Director of Horticulture

Derek McKay

Director of Horticulture

Derek McKay is the Director of Horticulture for the Iowa Weather Network. Derek is a degreed horticulturist and writes frequent posts about Iowa prairie and gardening tips, in addition to leading the fall foliage and spring bloom reports.

Derek is 26 and grew up in the town of Clayton, Wisconsin. He moved to south after college to his current city of Cumming, Iowa after stints in Rochester, Minnesota and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His hobbies include weather, while his passion and career is in the horticultural field. Derek works as a greenhouse and horticulture specialist at Ted Lare Garden Center located in Cumming, where he helps people with plants selections. Derek's education consists of a degree in horticulture, which he received at University Center Rochester in Rochester, MN.

Derek is very involved in the community and spends his spare time volunteering at the Des Moines Botanical Center. He's loved weather and gardening for as long as he can remember, but became highly involved with the weather after the June 2001 straight line wind event in northern Wisconsin.

In December 2007, he was inspired to start a weather blog, but now does horticulture columns with the Iowa Weather Network. Anyone that has questions regarding plants or is in need of something identified is encourage to email him at hostalover360@yahoo.com. He enjoys reading your emails and does a great job responding.

Jacob Bartels

Social Media Specialist

Cedar Rapids, IA

Jacob Bartels

Social Media Specialist

Cedar Rapids, IA

Jordan Hamann

Social Media Specialist

Jordan Hamann

Social Media Specialist

Jordan Hamann is the founder of the twitter account @SKYWARN_NorthIA, of which is in its 2nd year of existence. Jordan is 20 and was born and continues to live in Mason City, IA. Mason City is the largest residency in the northern part of the state of Iowa with just over 29,000 people who live there. Mason City is the county seat of Cerro Gordo County of which consists of early 50,000 people. Currently Jordan is employed by Hy-Vee East in Mason City, IA. He has attended North Iowa Area Community College since August 2015. He will depart NIACC in June 2017. In August 2017 Jordan will depart Mason City and head to Ames, IA to reside there and attend Iowa State University to to pursue a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the Greenlee School of Journalism at ISU. While in Ames, he will work for the IWN part time, on an "as-needed" basis. While not working, Jordan enjoys hanging out with his close friends, watching/playing basketball, watching football, and finding the latest technological items that spark his interest.

Nathan Tranel

Social Media Specialist

Nathan Tranel

Social Media Specialist

Kahner Cleveland

Storm Specialist/Chaser

Kahner Cleveland

Storm Specialist/Chaser