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After two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I really consider this region my adopted home. I’ve been working in news in Washington and Oregon since 1994 and every day I feel like I see some scenery that’s just too pretty to be real for my Midwestern eyes. I studied journalism at the University of Kansas and meteorology at Mississippi State University. I also took the Master Gardener classes through Oregon State University’s Portland Metro Extension office.

Believe it or not, I love the weather here in the Northwest. I like Seattle because of the rain, not in spite of it. My favorite season is fall and the days with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine are among my most favorite — luckily, we have a lot of those here. My partner Ryan and I live on Capitol Hill and have two dogs — Hugo and Gladys.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
My sense of humor and sarcasm, but people are also discovering how handy the random fact database in my head can be. People also have started coming to me with a lot of gardening questions.

What keeps me going…
Lots and lots of coffee. I also have a really good alarm clock to make sure that I can get going on time.

I give back to my community by…
Helping teach low-income Northwest families how to grow a portion of their own food. I’m on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that inspires and educates on our local food system.

My greatest TV moment…
Any time that I can nail correctly the snowfall several days out – it is the trickiest weather to predict here due to our proximity to the mild Pacific Ocean. In reporting, my greatest moment would be when I covered the story of a little autistic boy who was lost in the woods near his Oregon home. The six-year-old didn’t have the ability to yell for Search & Rescue teams looking for him that cold winter night. The family’s dogs stuck with the boy and kept him warm overnight and then barked to alert the searchers when they resumed their search in the morning.

TV moments I’d like to forget…
Stories about human tragedy. I covered the high school shootings at Thurston High School outside of Eugene, Ore., where four people died and 26 were injured. Being a meteorologist and reporter, I’m often sent to places where Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on people’s lives – from wildfires to mudslides, I’ve seen all sorts of wild weather. I’ll never forget the terrible 1997 Willamette River floods nor the devastating wind storms of 2007 when there were wind gusts of 125 mph on the Oregon Coast or being on-air for the 2008 Vancouver, Wash., tornado.

If I had free time, I would…
Travel more, I love to travel and see the world. Every year I try to visit one place on the planet I’ve never been to, and one place in the Northwest I have not visited. Last year included: Italy and Iceland; locally Enumclaw, Lake Tapps and the whole South Washington Coast. Out of 50 states, I’ve visited 34. I've been as far east as Berlin, as far south as Hawai'i, as far north as Reykjavik and as far west as Nagasaki.

Recent Articles
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    Picking the right tool for the right job could mean everything in your garden (VIDEO)

    SEATTLE – You might have heard the gardening phrase ‘the right plant in the right place.’ But Master Gardener Tim Joyce says there’s another phrase you should memorize, ‘the right tool for the right job.’

  • Olympic Mountains have the lowest snow pack in the state at only 6% of normal.

    How the winter weather woes affect summer water supply

    SEATTLE – With record low snow levels in the Olympics and Cascade Mountains,  the Seattle District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now “aggressively” filling up their reservoirs in our region. Their Senior Water Manager says they’re concerned but not yet worried, saying there’s plenty of time to make up for our lack of winter snow– with spring rains. The Army Corps manage two dams in Western Washington: Howard Hanson and Mud Mountain. They also operate facilities […]

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    Show dogs have ‘ruff’ time getting home, owner blames airline

    SEATTTLE — Two show dogs from Seattle fresh from competition at the Westminster Dog Show in New York encountered major problems getting home to Pacific Northwest. According to the dogs’ owner, Kaitlyn Jones, two handlers with two dogs say they got their leashes yanked by Delta Airlines. According to handlers Jones, it was supposed to be one handler and one dog on two separate flights. But the handlers encountered many issues. First, a handler got bumped from a flight and but the […]

  • Hummingbird James Griffis

    Time to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

    SEATTLE — Time for the 18th annual Great Weekend Bird Count. The Audubon Society wants you to spend 15 minutes in your backyard or a nearby park counting the types and varieties of birds. The event runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday. To find out more details– you’ll want to check out their website Changing migration and nesting patterns can tell bird and even climate scientists a lot– so you’ll be not only getting out in the nice weather this […]


    Forget the groundhog, what does Rufus the Mountain Beaver say about spring around here?

    SEATTLE- Back east, the legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow– which supposedly means 6 weeks of winter. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that’s what’s in store here in Western Washington, though. “Hold on,” says Q13 FOX Meteorologist MJ McDermott, “that’s for the east coast.” She again invited our Pacific Northwest equivalent, Rufus the Mountain Beaver from Seattle’s Discover Park Environmental Learning Center, to visit the Q13 FOX studios. MJ says we don’t have groundhogs west of the Rocky Mountains– so the mountain beaver is the […]

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    UPDATE: Lowland snow this week? Our meteorologists sort out the when and where

    SEATTLE — WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE… This is our first blast of wintery cold– so it always begs the question: will we see lowland snow around the Puget Sound? Low elevation snow is pretty hard to get here in Western Washington. While the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound are too cold for swimming nearly all the time– the air near the water keeps us pretty mild with temps in the 40-50. Every once in a while the Rockies […]


    ‘This beautiful plant': Behind the scenes of Washington’s first legal marijuana harvest

    OKANAGAN COUNTY — “Come on in here,” says Tim McCormack squatting down as he enters the thick of the dark green plant and disappears from view. Our Q13 photojournalist Marc LeCuyer follows behind him with video camera in hand. They go deep into the crop at Antoine Creek Farms. McCormack is co-owner of the farm in its first year of operation. It’s one of the few fully outdoor legal marijuana growing operations in the state. McCormack doesn’t even smoke marijuana– thought […]

  • Dodging giant puddles like this on Seattle's Capitol Hill was common on Wednesday with record rains in the NW.  Viewer photo: Tim Durkan

    Strong storm soaks records, brings problems

    SEATTLE- Drenching sheets of rain and gusty winds. Downed power lines and customers in the dark in portions of Western Washington. The strongest storm of the fall so far brought problems to the Pacific Northwest yesterday. Q13 FOX Traffic Reporter Adam Gehrke says there were 45 accidents on the roadways around the Puget Sound on what became a wild Wednesday morning commute. Two of those accidents involved jack-knifed semi trucks that were blocking lanes of Interstate 5 in both Seattle and […]

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    Rain sticks around tonight, some thunderstorms tomorrow

    SEATTLE —  Expect storm total rainfalls to top 1-2″ for the lowlands of the Puget Sounds and significantly higher amounts for the mountains. Tonight, after 10 p.m., the rain looks to ease up a bit. Tomorrow still looks soggy, with heavy showers at times. Highs 55-60. Friday looks mostly dry– but Friday night we’ll another round of heavy rain and wind. The first part of Saturday looks to be a soaker with some rain continuing at times into the afternoon […]

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    Do you qualify for a free yard makeover? Seattle is paying some people to turn lawns into rain gardens

    The City of Seattle and King County are in a cooperative program called RainWise to encourage yards to convert to rain gardens to catch storm runoff– and put it back in the soil. They’ve helped hundreds of homeowners install of rain gardens with reimbursements up to 100% in some neighborhoods. Click the link and type in your address to see if you’re in an area that qualifies for a rebate. By encouraging Seattle residents to manage storm water runoff through the […]