“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.”Managing Director 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.
PROUDLY SERVING SINCE 2008.
MEET THE TEAM
Henry Luker is the Managing Director of the Iowa Weather Network. Henry was born and raised 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. 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 remarked, "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 worked 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. He now is an IT support assistant, working with teachers and faculty with their technological needs.
While not working or covering weather, you will probably spend him spending time with family, watching basketball or other Netflix shows, and hanging out with friends. You will frequently him running the scoreboards at high school basketball games. In the future, Henry plans to study either computer science or meteorology at Iowa State University.
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.
Social Media Specialist
Social Media Specialist
Jordan Hamann (@JordanWXIowa), is the founder of the twitter account @SKYWARN_NorthIA. Jordan is 21, a native of Mason City, IA, currently resides in Ames, Iowa. He attended North Iowa Area Community College from 2015 to 2017. Currently, Jordan attends Iowa State University pursuing a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the Greenlee School of Journalism. While in Ames, he will work for the IWN 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.