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I have a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and I’m proud to say that I am the first woman and TV weather person to win the annual UW Forecasting Competition in more than 60 years. I’m also a member of the American Meteorological Society and hold its Broadcast Seal.

Aside from that, I also have a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland. After working in New York City as an actress, I moved to Seattle. In the early ‘90s, I co-hosted a children’s TV show on KSTW with Rosco T. Raccoon and won an Emmy.

I am an Air Force brat who was born in Florida and I moved a lot as a kid – I’ve now lived in Seattle longer than anywhere else. I live with my husband and twin teenage boys in north Ballard.


Recent Articles
  • Geminid meteor shower could be one of the best ever – here’s how to see it

    If you’re looking for a fantastic light show Dec. 13-14, all you need to do is look up. “We have the best meteor shower of the year tonight!” said Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott. The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. This year is expected to be the best meteor shower ever, thanks to aligning conditions. “With August’s Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year,” said […]

  • First lowland snow of the season — and we could see more this weekend

    SEATTLE — Many of us woke up to some snowfall Friday morning in Western Washington. The first stretch of wintry weather swept late Thursday — bringing several inches of snow to the mountains, and a smattering of snow across much of Puget Sound. Q13 News viewers shared photos and video of snow in Bellingham, Port Orchard, Port Angeles, Maple Falls and more! Check the latest school closures and delays Severe weather alerts Get the free Q13 News Weather App Live […]

  • High wind warnings, advisories issued as ‘The Big Dark’ storms roll into Washington

    Today’s the day. Wind and rain is officially ushering Western Washington into fall 2017. Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says the rain, heavy at times, will fall all day for most of Western Washington. Rebecca says an increase of heavy rain will occur between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Rain showers will continue overnight into Thursday. “Basically it’s going to be windy and rainy everywhere,” said Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott. “Snoqualmie Pass looks OK, we are not talking about […]

  • Storm hailed ‘The Big Dark’ to pound Puget Sound with high winds, heavy rain

    SEATTLE — “The Big Dark.” That’s what some are calling the series of storms stretching all the way across the ocean from China to the Pacific Northwest. Today's NASA image of the Pacific. Transpacific moisture fetch still there? Check. #wawx pic.twitter.com/4FHV2bUqOf — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 17, 2017 Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says the strongest wind Tuesday will occur through the late morning hours. Central Puget Sound wind: from the south 20-30mph with gusts up to 40mph. Around 11:00 […]

  • WATCH: M.J. McDermott explains science behind weather forecasting

  • Satellite image shows series of storms stretching from China to Pacific Northwest

    SEATTLE — The Pacific Northwest’s first fall windstorm of 2017 is headed our way. Clean gutters and drainage grating are a good start for the week, but Wednesday and Thursday might require a revisit to clean more leaves, twigs, and debris from our ditches and side streets. Be sure to have your rain boots and hooded jackets handy, because an atmospheric river will siphon fall rain into Western Washington both days coupled with blustery, breezy, wind. Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca […]

  • Say goodbye to record-breaking heat… hello to fall rain, cooler temperatures

    And just like that we had our hottest September 28th ever recorded: 86 degrees at Sea-Tac. The National Weather Service has kept records since 1891. Bothell and Federal Way were even hotter at 92 degrees! Friday brings changes back to “normal” weather with a 20 degree cooldown. Our normal this time of year is 66 degrees. Friday has some morning light rain and then some  passing showers in the afternoon. The exception will be the convergence zone between Seattle and Everett […]

  • Today we tie the record for longest dry streak in Seattle: 51 days

    SEATTLE — Lingering smoke from British Columbia and local fires have made it really difficult for many people, especially those with asthma and allergies to be outdoors. But by Wednesday we should start to turn the corner to get back to a more normal air quality pattern at least for Western Washington. Fingers crossed! Monday marks day 51 in our dry stretch with no measurable rain at SeaTac.  At midnight, we will break the record streak of 51 straight dry days set back in 1951.  We […]

  • Today will be the hottest day of the year so far!

    SEATTLE — A Heat Advisory has been issued by Seattle National Weather Service, running through 9:00 p.m. tonight. Record temperatures will get into the mid-to-upper 80s to the low-to-mid 90s. We could even hit 100 in places like Kent or Auburn. This is 20 or more degrees above normal. The average temperature for today is 71 degrees. Take water with you if you’re heading out to Seattle’s Pride Parade today or many of the outdoor activities going on around the Puget […]

  • 90s here we come: Record-breaking heat in the forecast for Puget Sound

    Welcome to the first full day of summer! Hard to believe we are already nearing the end of June. The forecast looks promising and potentially record-breaking! The outlook is great as we roll through the rest of the work week and into the weekend. A ridge of high pressure continues to build offshore, and that’s going to give us plenty of sun over the next several days. Temperatures running warmer each day from the upper 60s to low 70s on Wednesday, climbing  to the 70s […]