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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
  • Wet and windy into the early morning hours; isolated power outages can be expected

    Heavy rain was moving into the area again on Tuesday night, along with windy conditions.

  • Brrrr! Beware of icy roads, sidewalks early Tuesday morning

    SEATTLE — The good news is it will be dry for most of us Tuesday. The bad news is most of us were to dip below freezing overnight — and cold temps will produce icy, possibly dangerous roads and sidewalks early Tuesday morning. So be careful out there! Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said Tuesday will be dry but not as sunny as Monday. He also said many drivers will have to scrape ice off of their vehicle’s windshields […]

  • Welcome to the rainy season! Now when will it stop?

    SEATTLE — A lot more rain is headed our way, which could mean urban flooding and mudslides. Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said Friday actually has some sunny periods but isolated storms will roll through, too. “It’ll be much cooler and that will bring snow to the passes. Stevens pass is expecting over 6 inches by early Saturday morning,” he said. Saturday will be wet for all but it will be especially wet for the South Sound. More heavy […]

  • Heavy rain moves into area after strong winds knock down trees, power lines (PHOTOS)

    SEATTLE — Tens of thousands of people were without power Wednesday and Wednesday as trees and tree limbs came down during high winds. Officials say over 54,000 customers were without power at one point as a wind and rain storm blew through Western Washington. The National Weather Service in Seattle on Wednesday issued high wind warnings on the coast and north of Seattle from Everett to Bellingham while wind advisories were issued from Seattle to south of Centralia. The weather […]

  • Satellite image shows series of storms stretching from China to Pacific Northwest

    SEATTLE — The Pacific Northwest’s first fall windstorm of 2017 is headed our way. Clean gutters and drainage grating are a good start for the week, but Wednesday and Thursday might require a revisit to clean more leaves, twigs, and debris from our ditches and side streets. Be sure to have your rain boots and hooded jackets handy, because an atmospheric river will siphon fall rain into Western Washington both days coupled with blustery, breezy, wind. Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca […]

  • Walter Kelley: This could be the hottest week in 8 years — Excessive Heat Warning issued

    SEATTLE — An Excessive Heat Warning is set to go into effect for much of Western Washington this week. The warning begins 2 p.m. Tuesday and remains in effect until 9 p.m. Friday. Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley says the work week could be the hottest week the region has seen in the past eight years. “Thursday through Saturday, morning the lows will be near 72 degrees,” Kelley said. “Highs Tuesday through Saturday will be above 85 and many will […]

  • Today will be the hottest day of the year so far!

    SEATTLE — A Heat Advisory has been issued by Seattle National Weather Service, running through 9:00 p.m. tonight. Record temperatures will get into the mid-to-upper 80s to the low-to-mid 90s. We could even hit 100 in places like Kent or Auburn. This is 20 or more degrees above normal. The average temperature for today is 71 degrees. Take water with you if you’re heading out to Seattle’s Pride Parade today or many of the outdoor activities going on around the Puget […]

  • A nasty, sloppy day on Thursday, but Father’s Day weekend is looking good…

    SEATTLE — A sloppy weather system will be rolling through Western Washington on Thursday. It will be wet and gusty by June standards, according to Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said. The rain was expected to start late Wednesday night and and pick up during the morning commute with mainly light rain. The heavier rain will be during Thursday afternoon. “There will be a rain shadow so the wettest areas will be north of Seattle and south of Seattle. The […]

  • Storm Clouds

    Thunder, hail for some folks Wednesday, even new snow on the passes

    SEATTLE — It will be gusty, damp and chilly for a bit, but the weather will get much better this weekend. Wednesday starts out wet. Seattle sees the least rain due to the rain-shadow but there will be lots of rain for the outlying areas. Later in the day a strong Convergence Zone forms just north of Seattle and this will be an area with hail and thunder for the evening hours. “There will be a few hours when it […]

  • Wet and gusty through Wednesday afternoon, but Friday looks great!

    SEATTLE — Stormy through Wednesday, but Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley promises that better days are ahead. The strongest gusts of around 45 mph will stay north of Seattle but everyone will get gusts around 35 mph, Kelley said. Wednesday afternoon will calm down a bit but the convergence zone will be active. There could even be some isolated thunderstorms later in the day, especially northeast of Seattle. “Thursday actually looks mostly dry,” Kelley said. “Friday will be very […]