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
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    Western Washington is on track for the wettest October on record!

    SEATTLE — This month has been rainy. Very rainy. Like record-shattering rainy. Heavy rain in the last 48 hours has just added to what could be the wettest October on Record! “Remember October 2003? We saw our WETTEST DAY EVER!” said Q13 chief meteorologist Walter Kelley. “Over 5 inches in one day here in Seattle. I’ll never forget because I was jogging that day and the Queen Anne underpass was full of water and some floating cars!” That month, nearly 9 inches […]

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    Strong winds, rain pound Western Washington; strongest storm still to come

    Strong winds and rain continue to pound the Pacific Northwest — knocking down trees, blocking roads and causing power outages. Q13 News’ team of meteorologists is tracking the storms and getting you prepared for Saturday’s storm which is expected to be much stronger, bringing drenching rains and damaging winds. The National Weather Service received reports that a tornado touched down in Manzanita, Oregon around 8:25 a.m. Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long says it touched down in the city of Manzanita about […]

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    First of three storms dumps rain on Western Washington; high wind warning tonight

    SEATTLE — The first of three storms headed for the Pacific Northwest arrived overnight bringing soaking rains. Forecasters say high winds will be added to the equation starting Thursday night. Thursday will be wet for everyone, with over an inch for the metro area, Q13 Meteorologist Walter Kelley says. The heaviest rain will start at about 4 p.m. Thursday, which is likely to bring standing water on the roads. The mountains will get over 4 inches of rain and that will […]

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    Forecast: A ‘one-two punch’ of storms brings risk of river flooding, power outages

    SEATTLE — The rain is already here and the wind is on its way. We’ve already seen scattered power outages from Bellingham to Olympia, and downed trees are a major concern. Q13 Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says as of 5 a.m. Thursday, the rain gauge at Shelton had 0.92″ and at 8 a.m. a weather spotter reported to NWS that Potlatch had 2.25″ in 24 hours. The rain has been heaviest on the south slopes of the Olympic mountains overnight. Mason county […]

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    VIDEO: Q13 Meteorologist M.J. McDermott tracks heavy rain, high winds headed our way

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    Series of powerful storms to slam Western Washington: Crews preparing for flooding, power outages

    SEATTLE — Strong wind, heavy rain and possibly flooding could impact Western Washington for the next several days. Q13 meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says the rain will move in Thursday. We’re expecting three straight days of sustained winds of 20 mph with much stronger gusts. That paired with several inches of rain means an increased risk of downed trees, flooding and even power outages. A barrage of storm force wind and rain Thursday through Tuesday will bring Seattleites to second guess their storm tolerance.  Prepare […]

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    VIDEO: M.J. McDermott tracks the wind and rain headed our way

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    Will it SNOW in the lowlands this winter? M.J. McDermott has the long-range forecast

    It’s the question that creeps into our minds as winter approaches. Is it going to snow at my house this year? Q13 Meteorologist M.J. McDermott attended a conference with other forecasters at the National Weather Service to look ahead at the long-range forecast. Forecaster said they initially thought it would be a La Nina year — which normally means colder than normal and wetter than normal. And that could translate into a higher chance of lowland snow. But not so fast. What was initially […]

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    Today is the fall equinox. Watch MJ and the morning team try to balance an egg on its tip!

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    Heat advisory, fire weather warning issued for much of Western Washington

    SEATTLE — A Heat Advisory over a large portion of western Washington signals warm overnight low temperatures and daytime highs in the upper 80s to low 90s through Friday. HEAT ADVISORY for 2 days. TODAY/FRI-Sunny, near 90. WEEKEND-M/cloudy, cooler, low/mid 70s. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/3eBBGrMvqt — M.J. McDermott (@MJMCDERMOTT) August 25, 2016 Quillayute set a new record high of 91° Wednesday. On Thursday, a number of records are forecast to fall including Bellingham, Sea-Tac, and Olympia. Quillayute record high of 91° yesterday! […]