I have a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and I’m proud to say that I am the first woman and TV weather person to win the annual UW Forecasting Competition in more than 60 years. I’m also a member of the American Meteorological Society and hold its Broadcast Seal.

Aside from that, I also have a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland. After working in New York City as an actress, I moved to Seattle. In the early ‘90s, I co-hosted a children’s TV show on KSTW with Rosco T. Raccoon and won an Emmy.

I am an Air Force brat who was born in Florida and I moved a lot as a kid – I’ve now lived in Seattle longer than anywhere else. I live with my husband and twin teenage boys in north Ballard.


Recent Articles
  • Another day in the 90s, but when will Western Washington cool down?

    The Pacific Northwest's summer sizzle continues as temperatures soar above average for another day.

  • Seattle’s ‘June Gloom’ explained: Why it tends to be so gray this time of year

    Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott says the term “June Gloom” is widely used in California where the pattern of morning clouds with partial afternoon clearing is a popular term from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

  • Seattle is having the warmest May on record — and will probably tie for driest too

    Thursday  is the last day of May and, with the current forecast, May will end up with an average temperature of a little above 61 degrees. This will make May 2018 the warmest May on record for Seattle.

  • Coastal flood warning: 30-35 foot swells batter the Washington coast

    WESTPORT, Wash. — Huge waves along the Pacific Northwest coast are causing flooding concerns. After Wednesday night’s crazy rain, wind and thunderstorms, the weather calmed down a bit. The biggest issue Thursday is on the Pacific coast where there is a COASTAL FLOOD WARNING until 10 p.m. Ocean Shores and Westport are especially vulnerable to coastal saltwater flooding, said Q13 News meteorologist M.J. McDermott. Large swells of 30-35 feet in combination with high tides that are running 1.5 feet above […]

  • Geminid meteor shower could be one of the best ever – here’s how to see it

    If you’re looking for a fantastic light show Dec. 13-14, all you need to do is look up. “We have the best meteor shower of the year tonight!” said Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott. The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. This year is expected to be the best meteor shower ever, thanks to aligning conditions. “With August’s Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year,” said […]

  • First lowland snow of the season — and we could see more this weekend

    SEATTLE — Many of us woke up to some snowfall Friday morning in Western Washington. The first stretch of wintry weather swept late Thursday — bringing several inches of snow to the mountains, and a smattering of snow across much of Puget Sound. Q13 News viewers shared photos and video of snow in Bellingham, Port Orchard, Port Angeles, Maple Falls and more! Check the latest school closures and delays Severe weather alerts Get the free Q13 News Weather App Live […]

  • High wind warnings, advisories issued as ‘The Big Dark’ storms roll into Washington

    Today’s the day. Wind and rain is officially ushering Western Washington into fall 2017. Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says the rain, heavy at times, will fall all day for most of Western Washington. Rebecca says an increase of heavy rain will occur between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Rain showers will continue overnight into Thursday. “Basically it’s going to be windy and rainy everywhere,” said Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott. “Snoqualmie Pass looks OK, we are not talking about […]

  • Storm hailed ‘The Big Dark’ to pound Puget Sound with high winds, heavy rain

    SEATTLE — “The Big Dark.” That’s what some are calling the series of storms stretching all the way across the ocean from China to the Pacific Northwest. Today's NASA image of the Pacific. Transpacific moisture fetch still there? Check. #wawx pic.twitter.com/4FHV2bUqOf — NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 17, 2017 Q13 News Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson says the strongest wind Tuesday will occur through the late morning hours. Central Puget Sound wind: from the south 20-30mph with gusts up to 40mph. Around 11:00 […]

  • WATCH: M.J. McDermott explains science behind weather forecasting

  • 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 […]

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