Zach Sharpe is the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network®. Growing up in the suburbs of Des Moines, Sharpe is no stranger to Iowa weather. After graduating from high school, he then went on to Iowa State University. His passion for weather started in his middle school years, but quickly escalated after an EF-2 tornado passed within yards of his house in June 2007.
Sharpe joined the Iowa Storm Chasing Network® team in February of 2013 after storm chasing with ISCN’s Ben McMillan. He has developed much of ISCN’s social media client base by providing daily forecast updates and engaging with followers. Sharpe began duties as a social media weather content producer for KCCI Television in Des Moines, Iowa in Spring of 2015, but transferred to field reporting during inclement weather in January of 2016. In May of 2016, Sharpe accepted a job offer at WeatherNationTV, as social media producer. In May of 2017, Sharpe left WeatherNationTV and joined the McLaughlin Family Companies as social media manager, where he works with former KCCI chief meteorologist John McLaughlin. Sharpe and McLaughlin have developed a weather app, called Storm Hunter WX, which is more advanced than any other weather app on the market. When Sharpe is not interacting with digital followers, he visits schools to inspire school children in their pursuit of science and weather.
In his free time, Sharpe likes to stay involved with his community. He enjoys getting out and visiting with all of the great people that he meets along the way.