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 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 […]

  • OK, you know it’s spring when pollen counts start going up — sneeze away!

    SEATTLE — Spring showers and sun breaks will give us isolated thunderstorms and higher pollen counts. “Cedar, Juniper and Alder trees are jumping right now, so sneeze away,” said Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley. Wednesday has passing showers with isolated storms. It will be breezy to windy with gusts around 30 mph Wednesday afternoon, Kelley said. Wednesday evening and Thursday will be dry. Thursday night brings rain again at those showers will last through Friday. Saturday looks mostly dry. […]

  • We’re entering classic ‘Spring Pattern’ of hail, sun and rainbows

    SEATTLE — Spring showers with isolated thunderstorms Tuesday through Wednesday morning. “We enter the classic ‘Spring Pattern’ of hail, sun and rainbows,” Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said. The Convergence Zone will be active the next few days with isolated thunderstorms, Kelley said. Wednesday afternoon will be dry and Thursday looks very nice. More Spring showers Friday and Sunday with some pretty nice sun breaks on Saturday. One thing for sure is the “Harshest Winter in 32 years” is […]

  • Soggy enough? We’ve already reached our normal yearly total of rainfall

    SEATTLE — Can it stop already? It took only 5.5 months to reach our normal yearly total of rainfall, Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said Tuesday night. “Since October 1st (the beginning of the rainy season) we have had 37 inches of rain. Our normal rainfall per YEAR is 37 inches,” he said. So, what’s the forecast? “Wednesday through Saturday will be wet,” Kelley said, dryly. “The driest period will be Thursday.” Friday night into Saturday looks quite wet […]

  • Gusting winds Friday … but NOT freezing

    SEATTLE — Gusty winds for all Friday, with most places seeing gusts around 35 mph. A few places will gust higher. Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said the strongest gusts will be from 4 a.m. until 10 a.m., but Friday will be quite breezy all day. “The wind, combined with saturated soils, could knock down a few trees,” Kelley said. Friday looks mostly dry, since the front will have passed. Saturday starts out dry but ends up with passing […]

  • 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 https://t.co/DdPQmmtEIU — 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 […]