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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.

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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! […]

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    Sea Gals Michelle and Trinity help M.J. McDermott​ with the forecast

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    ‘Silent Sky’ at Taproot Theatre tells history of female astronomers

    M.J. McDermott talks with actress Nikki Visel about “Silent Sky” – a show about the women astronomers at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, playing at Taproot Theatre in the Greenwood neighborhood, of North Seattle, through February 27th.

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    Sunrise in Seattle. Will Rufus the Mountain Beaver see his shadow?

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    Blitz and the Sea Gals help M.J. with the weather!

    Blitz and the Sea Gals were in the Q13 studio Sunday morning to help M.J. McDermott with the weather.

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    Winter Storm Warning means 1-2 feet of snow in the Cascades in just 24 hours

    SEATTLE — A really soggy day today around Western Washington. Expect a LOT of snow in the Cascades where there’s a WINTER STORM WARNING until 7am on Friday. Cascades could see 12-24″ of snow with this storm. Good morning from Snoqualmie Pass #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/qdfKWGTfLh — Adam Mertz (@AJMertz) December 17, 2015 Central Washington is also under a WINTER STORM WARNING with several inches of snow today and 2-5″ tonight. This could make for some hazardous travel on I-90. High temps in the […]

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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 […]