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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
  • Tuesday expected to be wettest day of the week

    SEATTLE — Tuesday will have a little bit of everything — sun and hail, spotty pockets of snow, isolated thunderstorms, major snowfall for the passes, and gusty winds and chilly temperatures. But it should get better after that — slightly. “Wednesday and Thursday will have sun with passing showers,” Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said. “Friday has isolated thunderstorms with hail. The weekend has passing showers. Winter rolls on with lower than normal snow levels. Most of the snow will […]

  • Will winter never end? Rain on way … and snow possible this weekend

    SEATTLE — We return to a wet and gusty pattern, with snow for the mountains, Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said. The Seattle metro area gets a rain shadow so we will see less rain than everyone else. “Thursday is wet and breezy for all. Friday will be windy with heavy passing showers,” he said. Saturday starts out cold enough for snow on the higher hills with a snow level around 1,000 feet. Saturday afternoon looks gusty with passing […]

  • Lightning strikes Space Needle, snow falls across Puget Sound as wild weather reigns

    SEATTLE – Two rounds of unexpectedly wild weather hit Western Washington on Monday. The first round brought snow to the Seattle metro area Monday m orning, the eastside and areas north, including Everett. The second swept through beginning Monday afternoon, bringing snow, lightning and thunder. And some people may be getting more snow overnight. Advisory for snow thru 4am Tue central/N PgtSnd, Kitsap, Hood Canal for 1-3", highest amounts above 300 ft . #wawx — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February […]

  • Will you wake up to bit of snow on the ground? If you do, it won’t last long

    SEATTLE — Some higher elevations may see some snow on the ground overnight, but it should melt by mid-morning. “The overall pattern is dry but cold. It is cold enough that we will see some spotty or isolated showers. These showers can produce snow, rain or hail,” Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley says. There is not a lot of moisture with these cells and the daytime highs will be in the 40s so don’t expect much more than “snow […]

  • Puget Sound on track for wettest February on record

    SEATTLE — Heavy, heavy rain that moved through Western Washington overnight has caused trouble for commuters, but Q13 News forecasters say a few dry days are ahead. Impressive rainfall totals Rain amounts in last 24 hours are 2 to 4 inches across the lowlands of Puget Sound. Though the month is scarcely halfway over, it was already the sixth-wettest February on record by Wednesday, Q13 meteorologist Walter Kelley said. “Things are going to be soaking, with standing water on the roads […]

  • Wet, windy weather increases landslide risk (It’s already one of the wettest Februarys ever)

    SEATTLE — Get ready for two rounds of heavy rain and wind on Wednesday. Q13 Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says round 1 of rain hits this morning and then will briefly lighten up in the later morning hours. Round 2 rainfall increases intensity near 2 p.m. and continues through midnight. Wind follows a similar timing with morning wind gusts strongest on the Washington coast and the north interior. A wind advisory is in effect for gusts of up to 50 mph. “Wednesday’s […]

  • Ready for more soaking rain … and strong winds?

    SEATTLE — Tuesday will be dry but we get back to the rain by early Wednesday. “Wednesday will be very wet with the metro picking up an inch of rain,” Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said. “This would give standing water to the roads for the commute times. The outlying areas, like the Olympics, will pick up tons of rain. Forks could see 8 inches of rain.” Kelley said all that rain will have rivers running high and fast, […]

  • Snoqualmie and Stevens passes re-open; White Pass opening also expected today

    SEATTLE — Order was being restored to Washington’s three major mountain passes late Friday morning, after all three were closed overnight. The eastbound lanes of I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass opened around 1 a.m., and the westbound lanes opened just before 11 a.m. .@SnoqualmiePass open in both directions. Be prepared to drive in slushy conditions — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) February 10, 2017 Just after 12:30 p.m., Stevens Pass opened as well. The Tumwater Canyon section of Highway 2, however, remained closed […]

  • Avalanche danger forces closure of all east-west mountain passes

    SEATTLE — The three major east-west mountain passes remained closed Thursday because of avalanche danger. Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass was closed all night due to avalanche danger, said officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation. I-90 is closed eastbound at milepost 34 near North Bend and westbound at milepost 71 near Easton, milepost 84 near Cle Elum and milepost 106 near Ellensburg. US 12 over White Pass remained closed in both directions “due to a snow slide” near Wild Cat Creek, WSDOT […]

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    Another morning of icy roads, and then comes the rain — pouring, pounding rain

    SEATTLE — Heavy rain and potential flooding. That’s what lies in store for most of us in the metropolitan Puget Sound area on Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. “Clear your drains of snow and ice, please, to avoid urban flooding,” Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley says. Wednesday morning will be below freezing again so expect icy roads, especially where snow is still on the ground, he says. Drive carefully. The afternoon will be very, very messy with a lot […]