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
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    It’s finally warmer — but here comes the rain, with potential for river flooding, avalanches

    SEATTLE  —  Ahhh, soak in the warmth. Temperatures finally have risen into the 40s and may hit 50 or 51 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, but it’s going to be wet and windy for the next couple of days. High so far in Seattle 45° with a low of 30°. This makes the average temp. thru the 1st 16 days of January 32.8°. Coldest since 1950.#wawx — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) January 17, 2017 Q13 Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said the Seattle […]

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    Stay warm and drive safely: COLD and icy through Friday

    SEATTLE — The low temperatures will be in the 20s for everyone, and many will drop down into the teens over the next several days, forecasters said. Wind gusts will make it feel much colder, particularly in the northern areas from Everett to Bellingham, Lummi Island and parts of the San Juans, Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson said.   Cold&locally windy. Highs upper20s-mid30s; lows teens-mid20s. Wind chills teens-single digits possible. Stay warm & be careful! #wawx pic.twitter.com/lPy5OIF2b6 — NWS Seattle […]

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    It’s going to be wet and windy overnight and into Tuesday

    SEATTLE — Windy conditions, with showers and mountains snow, will continue overnight and into Tuesday. The winds will pick up overnight with peak winds from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The strongest gusts will be up north, along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but everyone will be windy. The mountains pick up lots of snow but the snow level changes a lot over the next seven days.  On Tuesday, it goes up to 4,500 feet but Tuesday night it […]

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    Snow, ice, rain could cause messy Monday morning commute

    Q13 Meteorologist Walter Kelley says, "we finally start to thaw but lots of rain, wind and mountain snow heads in."

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    Sunny and dry for most across Puget Sound area, but cold, cold, cold through rest of week

    SEATTLE — Overnight temperatures drop well below freezing through the rest of the week. In fact, some of our daytime highs will stay around freezing, making it the coldest days of 2016. The good news? It will be dry and mostly sunny for most of us Wednesday through Saturday. But there will be some snow Wednesday afternoon over the south Cascades, and a few towns in the foothills, like Enumclaw or Mossyrock,  will see a little snow then. Saturday starts […]

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    Snow causes school delays and cancellations across Western Washington today

    SEATTLE — Snow across the region has forced dozens of school districts across Western Washington to delay or cancel classes on Friday. Some of the major school alerts include: Seattle Public Schools – 2 hour delay Everett Public Schools – closed Olympia School District – closed Bremerton School District – closed Centralia School District – 2 hour delay Chehalis School District – 2 hour delay There are many more alerts! The list is updating every 10 minutes: check the full list […]

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    Snow in Seattle! Storm dumps anywhere from 1-6 inches in parts of Western Washington

    SEATTLE — A snowstorm swept up Western Washington from Oregon Thursday afternoon and evening, dumping  anywhere from 1 to 6  inches of snow from Chehalis to Seattle and points north. Freezing rain and showers were expected to follow overnight, however, and wash most of it away Friday. It was the first “measurable” snowfall to stick and accumulate in the lowlands of Western Washington and Seattle in nearly two years, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. But it was a […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]