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I always knew I wanted to study weather, so after studying earth sciences like meteorology and climatology, I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in geography. I then headed south to Mississippi State University where I became a certified meteorologist – and also learned to appreciate severe weather and really good BBQ.
I’ve been in Seattle 17 years and am a board-certified meteorologist, with certification from the American Meteorological Society. I have a Television Seal of Approval from the AMS, given only to those with high technical competence in forecasting. I’ve been Emmy-nominated for “Best Weathercaster” five times. I also won “Best Meteorologist” from the Seattle Weekly.
The bottom line is that I love to forecast the weather in the Pacific Northwest. Most people think it rains here constantly, but it really doesn’t. We get half the rainfall that Miami and New York get. We have less rain than Portland, Ore., and often see sun breaks on the grayest winter days. I’ve lived in the Northwest virtually my entire life and have always been fascinated with its changing weather patterns and the challenge it presents in forecasting. I feel it’s one of the hardest places to predict weather in the nation due to the lack of data over the Pacific Ocean, which is where almost all our weather comes. It’s because of this that I try my hardest to get it right.
After forecasting Western Washington weather for more than a decade, I feel with my extensive training, experience and credentials in meteorology that I will get the forecast right more times than not, and I think that if you watch and trust me with your weather needs, you’ll agree.
I’m known around the newsroom for…
Working in the tundra that is my office and the studio.
What keeps me going…
My love for weather and my family are what keep me inspired.


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 […]

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    Cold, cold, cold! Temps to drop down into the 20s; roads to stay icy

    SEATTLE — Wednesday morning will be icy, with most areas in the 20s. Add the wind chill — and it will feel even colder. Wednesday will be sunny, but cold. Thursday starts out clear and icy again with most getting below-freezing temps. Thursday will be windy for the foothills. Thursday afternoon, we get “an overrunning event” and these usually bring more widespread snows before it turns to rain. This is a good scenario for the metro area because the moisture […]

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    Brrrr! Beware icy roads after freezing temps overnight; Alaska Airlines canceling 35 flights

    SEATTLE — Wintry weather is here for the long haul. On Monday night, snow showers were falling mainly outside of the Seattle metro area, with most on the higher hills away from the Puget Sound.  Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley says an inch or more was projected to fall in the convergence zone. Port Angeles will see the most, with more than 3 inches there. The bigger story is the ice for the next three mornings. Outside of Seattle, temperatures […]

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    Wettest October on record: Seattle got 10″ — two months of rain in one!

    SEATTLE — Not only did we set a record, we just experienced two months of rain in one! If you take the “normal” rainfall for the month of October — 3.48″ — and add the “normal” rainfall for November — 6.57″ — the total comes to 10.05″. That is exactly is the total amount of rain that fell in October 2016, which is now the wettest October on record. The old record was 8.96 inches set in 2003. October 2003 included the daily […]

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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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    Wet overnight, with passing showers and sun breaks Thursday

    SEATTLE — It’s going to be wet overnight, with passing showers Thursday and sun breaks and isolated thunderstorms. Most of the action will be away from Seattle after 9 a.m. Thursday will be breezy but not overly windy. Friday will be mostly dry but passing showers will roll through, especially in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday will have passing showers and sun breaks. Sunday night into Monday look sloppy again. No snow on the passes through the weekend.

  • A screen grab taken Sunday (yesterday) at Crystal Mountain.

    How much snow for Western Washington this winter?

    SEATTLE — We had ‘El Nino’ in 2015 and right now we are in what’s called “Neutral,” which would suggest a snowier season for the mountains than last year. Some new computer models are suggesting a 70% chance for ‘La Nina’ for the rest of the fall and a 55% chance for La Nina this winter. A Neutral pattern would suggest a snowier season for the mountains than last year. A La Nina pattern would fortify that claim and even give […]

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    VIDEO: Meteorologist Walter Kelley tracks the rain and windstorms

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    Grilling with Walter: A taste of Spain

    Grilled Shrimp and Chorizo Tostado Pizza topped  with Cilantro, Cotija Cheese and Fresh Lime Makes 4 servings Spanish Rice (recipe below) Smoky Black Bean Puree (recipe below) Pico de gallo (recipe below or use your favorite brand) Oil for frying corn tortillas 4 corn tortillas, for frying 6 ounces of 30/40 count raw shrimp (about 12 each), peeled, deveined, tail removed 6 ounces pre-cooked chorizo, sliced ¼-inch thick on a bias (about 12 slices) 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 cup […]