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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
  • Damp, gloomy Tuesday on the forecast but much-needed snow also coming for upper-elevations

    SEATTLE – Tuesday will start out dry, but the day ends up with rain. It is not a storm, but the roads will still be wet on Tuesday evening. It dries up overnight and Wednesday starts out dry, but it’ll be wet throughout the evening. I was saying last week on the air that December is acting more like October in terms of Temperatures but now it is looking like it too. Remember October is the "foggiest" month!! 12/9/19 @4pm […]

  • A foggy Monday morning commute makes way for some afternoon sun

    SEATTLE – A mild and dry Monday is on the forecast, and it may be your last chance to catch some sun for a little bit. Rain is coming later in the week. Monday will be dry but foggy and murky in the morning, but the afternoon will have some sun breaks and it will be mild, enjoy! A pleasant December Sunday turns into a pretty good December Monday, enjoy! Rain returns Tuesday afternoon for the rest of the week. […]

  • Mild weekend ahead with passing showers, light breezes

    SEATTLE — The weekend forecast has mild weather with some passing showers! Friday starts out dry and will be dry most of the day. It will be quite mild with a low near 46 and a high near 54. Friday night has passing showers and it will be wet overnight into Saturday morning. Saturday has some more passing showers and it will be a little breezy. A little rain Friday night into Saturday morning. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/eqONENqqKu — Walter Kelley (@Walter_Kelley) […]

  • Welcome to the 5 darkest weeks of the year

    It is mild but it sure is dark. Welcome to the 5 darkest weeks of the year.

  • Light showers and mild December days in the forecast

    SEATTLE – Mild December days are coming across western Washington! Wednesday starts out wet and mild with lows in the mid-40s, and the roads will be wet. The day dries out by mid-morning and lunch through the evening commute. Wet Wednesday Morning. Drive with care. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/qs0IguliPF — Walter Kelley (@Walter_Kelley) December 4, 2019 Thursday looks nice after some morning fog, so enjoy some December sunshine. Friday will be mild with some showers. Saturday has passing showers, but it will […]

  • Forecast: A ‘fairly mild’ weather week with passing showers and mountain snow

    SEATTLE — Welcome to December! It will be fairly mild this week and we move away from the freezing weather we had last week. Monday starts out with a few areas of drizzle but the day will be dry and pleasant with a low near 37 and a high near 47. It’ll be dry for Monday Night Football. Go Hawks! Quick Links: Daily Newsletter & Breaking News Emails: Sign up here in 10 seconds Weather Email Alerts: Get a custom Q13 forecast & […]

  • Icy roads possible for Black Friday shoppers, sunny and cold for Apple Cup

    The cold, dry weather continues for western Washington.

  • Very chilly weather for western Washington this Thanksgiving

    SEATTLE — November 2019 will go down as the seventh driest on record (kept since 1890)! Thanksgiving and Friday will be sunny and cold with lows near 27 and highs near 40. Kickoff temperatures for the Apple Cup will be around 36 degrees! Brrrrrr. Chilly Willy! and that is without the Wind chill. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/jS7xXuDJat — Walter Kelley (@Walter_Kelley) November 27, 2019 Saturday will be dry but by Saturday night into Sunday morning some moisture overrides the cold air and […]

  • Very cold, very windy in western Washington through Thanksgiving

    Gusts near Bellingham will top 50 mph Wednesday.

  • Cold, gusty weather Tuesday with hail and isolated thunderstorms possible

    SEATTLE — Hail, low snow levels, isolated thunderstorms, cold temperatures, gusty winds and sunshine are all on tap through the Holiday! Tuesday will be mostly dry but with an active Convergence Zone we may still see some hail and isolated thunderstorms. The passes get a few inches of snow. Tuesday afternoon gets windy, especially north of Everett. The Convergence Zone will be active through Tuesday. This is the area where you will see Hail/Snow/Lightning. Drive with care. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/GNGZOSAh0n — […]

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