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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
  • Thursday starts out cold, icy before rain brings more melting

    Thursday will be the twelfth day in a row with snow on the ground in Seattle. This rare event is getting some relief though as we get some more melting.

  • Thaw underway in parts of western Washington, but new snow possible

    We may get above freezing each day through the weekend, but the nights will drop below freezing and snowy periods are in the forecast

  • Another round of snow hits western Washington, and more is on the way

    Round 3 of snowfall is here and Round 4 is very close

  • Snow continues into Saturday morning; several inches expected

    SEATTLE — There are several inches of snow in the forecast Friday night. Most of the snow will stop by 4 a.m. Saturday. Most of the Seattle metro area is expected to get about four inches of snow, but there will be some bigger numbers near Highway 101 from Shelton to Port Angeles. Areas that get the most snow include the foothills, the convergence zone and the Hood Canal. Remember, “micro climates” will have six or more inches. The Fraser River […]

  • Cold continues overnight, expect icy roads Tuesday

    SEATTLE — Monday was the coldest day in 5 years. February 2014 was the last time Seattle had a high below freezing. Lows Tuesday morning will be in the lower 20s, and many will even get down into the teens. If you add the Wind Chill it feels even colder. Tonight is going to be very, very, very cold!!! Icy roads for ALL. #Q13FOX — Walter Kelley (@Walter_Kelley) February 5, 2019 Tuesday will be sunny but COLD. Wednesday will be […]

  • More snow expected through Monday morning for Puget Sound region

    Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley: Winter is here, and it looks like it is going to stay cold/snowy/icy for a long time. Models have periods of snow through the 15th of the month!!!! Temperatures will be below freezing every night, so expect icy roads for ALL through the weekend. Now through Monday morning will be snowy with 1-3 inches of new snow across Western Washington. Most models keep us around one inch for Seattle but three inches for many […]

  • Another sunny day on the way

    It's wild what a little sun does during the middle of winter!

  • Forecast: The last few days of January will be mostly dry

    The Puget Sound region is entering a new weather pattern, with no storms in the forecast through the end of the month. 

  • Rain and wind Tuesday, but drier the rest of the week

    SEATTLE — It will be rainy and gusty Tuesday, but there are dry days ahead into the weekend. Tuesday starts out mild with lows above freezing. The afternoon will be the wettest time and Tuesday night will be gusty. The winds are expected to stay below 40 mph for all as the front comes through around 9 p.m. Tuesday will be wet!! #Q13FOX — Walter Kelley (@Walter_Kelley) January 21, 2019 It will be sloppy and breezy into early Wednesday, but most […]

  • Holiday forecast: Enjoy a dry but chilly New Year’s Eve

    SEATTLE — It will be nice to end December on a dry note since it rained most of the month. December 2018 only had 8 dry days! The forecast for New Year’s Eve is pretty nice with sunny or clear conditions. The temperatures will be chilly with a high near 42 and the celebration temperature around midnight will be 35 degrees. Bundle up, be safe but have fun and enjoy! New Year’s Day will be generally dry for the lowlands […]

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