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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
  • Snow bunnies

    With snow in the forecast, some Western Washington schools sending students home early

    SEATTLE — Snow is heading for Western Washington, and forecasters say you should expect cold weather for at least the next two weeks. Several school districts are sending students home early on Thursday – check the full list here. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday through 8 a.m. Friday. Q13 Meteorologist M.J. McDermott is timing out the snow event. Temperatures will keep our temperatures below freezing for most with an icy morning commute. Treat this storm as a […]

  • The Summit at Snoqualmie

    About 1-7″ of snow expected across Western Washington this afternoon/evening

    SEATTLE — A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for most of Washington state as accumulating snow is expected Thursday afternoon and evening. Q13 Meteorologist M.J. McDermott says everyone (except the coast) will see some snow on Thursday, but temperatures will warm up and it will eventually turn to rain for most. The Q13 Weather Team is tracking the conditions 24/7. Meteorologist Walter Kelley says the highest impact for snow will be Hood Canal, the Olympia area and the mountains. This looks […]

  • A look at icy roads in Port Angeles. (Photo courtesy City of Port Angeles Fire Department)

    Icy roads cause delays at more than a dozen school districts in Western Washington

    SEATTLE — Freezing temperatures and icy roads have caused more than a dozen districts to delay school Tuesday morning. Check the latest school closures & delays here (updates every 10 minutes) Here’s a look at the chilly forecast for the next few days from Q13 Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson: Today: Early morning showers are leaving slippery roads as temperatures fall.  Close to the freezing mark for most of us, just under 32° for Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties as north wind tries to […]

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    Lowland ❄️ snow ❄️ hits Western Washington causing school delays/closures

    SEATTLE — Snow has forced several local school districts to delay/close school in western Washington on Monday. Check the latest school closures & delays here (updates every 10 minutes) Q13 News viewers reported snow on the Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal, Federal Way, Tumwater, Olympia, Tacoma, Issaquah, Puyallup and Shelton. Snow outside of Issaquah (Photo by Michael Bonham)#Q13FOX #WaWx pic.twitter.com/hhXkC5Qxok — #Q13FOX (@Q13FOX) December 5, 2016 Keep the snow pics coming!  The hills, and even lower in some cases, are seeing […]

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    Long John Silver joins M.J. for the weather forecast — ‘Treasure Island’ now playing at Center House Theatre

    Geoffery Simmons plays Long John Silver in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of Treasure Island. Treasure Island runs through December 24th at the Center House Theatre in Seattle.

  • Photo credit: Tim Durkan

    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 […]

  • Trees down on Kernahan Road by Ashford/Paradise entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. (Photo by Robert Burwell)

    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 […]

  • NWS Seattle

    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 […]

  • Viewer photo of flooding on Rogers Street in Quilcene.

    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