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.

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    Two people rescued from submerged cars as floodwaters rise; 150,000 still without power

    STANWOOD, Wash. — Emergency responders used a backhoe to rescue one person stuck in a car as floodwaters quickly rose in Snohomish County. North County Fire and Rescue said they were called Wednesday morning to Marine Drive in Stanwood. The water rescue team was able to rescue a woman with the help of a city of Stanwood backhoe. It was able to navigate through the rising waters. Another driver was rescued in the same area overnight, according to Stanwood Mayor […]

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    Powerful winds whip Washington, killing one, bringing down trees and leaving thousands without power

    SEATTLE — Another storm brought drenching rains and whipping winds to Western Washington, and prompting wind warnings and advisories. One man was killed near Sultan after a tree fell on his car, and police said the weather played a factor when an SUV plowed into an in-home day care in Tacoma. 25-40 mph sustained winds pummeled the state, with gusts over 50 mph Tuesday in spots across Western Washington. Downed trees and power outages were reported starting early Tuesday and things grew worse as […]

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    First look at PNB’s new Nutcracker set designed by creator of ‘Olivia the Pig’

    SEATTLE —  Designers at the Pacific Northwest Ballet are working feverishly to finish the brand new sets for The Nutcracker later this year. Previous sets, designed by famed children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, were retired last season after more than 30 years. The new set was designed by another wildly popular author and illustrator of children’s books, Ian Falconer.  Falconer created the much loved Olivia the Pig series. Q13 FOX News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott got a first look at […]

  • Feeling like summer!

    One word — sunscreen!  Keep it handy today and this weekend.  Also, drink lots of water.  And enjoy what will be the warmest weekend of the year so far. High pressure aloft will dominate today and through the weekend for sunny skies and warm temps.  We’ll top out close to 80 today and get into the mid 80s over the weekend.  Some of our foothills communities and perhaps Olympia southward it could nudge 90.  Monday, the sun continues to shine […]

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  • Mario’s forecast: 100% chance of fireballs and goombas (VIDEO)

  • Cold Snap to End the Year

    A ridge of high pressure will keep the clouds away and bring us dry, cold weather for the next few days. Today and tomorrow, expect cold, sunny days with highs in the mid 30s, and cold, clear nights with lows dropping to the 20s or even the teens. This is about 10 degrees below normal. New Year’s Day will be mostly sunny and a little bit warmer, highs near 40. Clouds move back in on Friday and there is a […]

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    Mosly sunny & cold for the end of 2014

    We’re starting out with a few snow flurries this morning, but it’ll be mainly dry today and we’ll see sunny skies this afternoon. Arctic air is moving in, so it’ll be cold and colder this week. Highs today near 40, then highs only the mid-to-upper 30s through New Year’s Day, and overnight lows down to the 20s and teens. There is a WIND ADVISORY for Whatcom County and the San Juans today until 4 p.m. Winds are from the northeast […]

  • Picture I took from our deck in West Seattle on the evening last week when we were having thunderstorms all around us. It made for a glorious evening sky. That is Blake Island and the little white speck of light over the north end of Blake is the Ferry dock at Winslow. I just love this picture! From Cary & Cynthia in West Seattle.

    Can you handle the heat? Another day in the 80s

    Today will be a carbon copy of yesterday — abundant sunshine with highs about 10 degrees above normal — around 86 for Seattle. The National Weather Service “Area Forecast Discussion” this morning sums it up well: HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WILL BRING WARM SUNNY DAYS TO WESTERN WASHINGTON THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK AT LEAST. Our SeaFair weekend will be spectacular with sunny skies and highs in the mid 80s for Seattle. The challenge will be avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated! It’ll […]

  • Ready for more May heat?

    SEATTLE — Another round of some May heat. We’ll be nice and dry for most of this week, actually. But, then there’s some changes ahead just in time for the weekend. TODAY brief clouds and then nice amounts of sunshine. High temps getting to near 80 around Seattle/Puget Sound, even warmer for the South Sound/SW Interior and Cascade Foothills. Not quite record-setting though. The record for today at SeaTac is 84 set back in 1973. Roof looks to be open […]